fal·con | \ˈfal-kən, ˈfȯl- also ˈfȯ-kən \

Definition of falcon 

1 : any of various hawks trained for use in falconry especially : peregrine falcon used technically only of a female — compare tiercel

2 : any of various hawks (family Falconidae) that have long pointed wings, a long tail, and a notched beak and that usually inhabit open areas

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falcon 1: 1 hood, 2 jess, 3 gauntlet

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Or will Mbappe be allowed to just wait on the wing, and strike like a falcon at Croatia’s goal? John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 Four American kestrel falcon chicks have been born this spring in a nesting box set up in a Kane County forest preserve on the outskirts of Elgin. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Tiny kestrel falcons growing their numbers by using manmade nests to hatch babies," 20 June 2018 The baby falcons — called eyasses — were expected mid-May and were likely born around that time. Kyra Senese, chicagotribune.com, "Recently born peregrine falcons to be named, banded at Evanston library," 25 May 2018 For more on Downtown falcons, visit IndyStar's Falcons blog. Tom Leyden, Indianapolis Star, "Falcon cameras from Monument Circle," 25 May 2018 Musk acknowledged adding too many new features and technologies all at once, like falcon-wing doors and single-post seats. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What Chicago can expect from working with Tesla's Elon Musk: A delayed, cash-guzzling success," 14 June 2018 The falcon factory on top of Market Tower is ramping up for full production. Laura James-reim, Indianapolis Star, "Falcon Cam: A second falcon hatchling has arrived," 11 May 2018 The falcons were then returned to the nest after the ceremony concluded. Kyra Senese, chicagotribune.com, "Four baby falcons that hatched atop an Evanston library are named, banded," 19 June 2018 While the falcon was delisted by the federal government nearly 20 years ago, many states still protect it. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of falcon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for falcon

Middle English faucoun, falcon, from Anglo-French faucon, from Late Latin falcon-, falco, probably from Latin falc-, falx

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The first known use of falcon was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of falcon

: a type of hawk that can fly very fast and is sometimes trained to hunt


fal·con | \ˈfal-kən, ˈfȯl-\

Kids Definition of falcon

1 : a hawk trained for use in hunting small game

2 : any of several small hawks with long wings and swift flight

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