fal·​con | \ ˈfal-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) , ˈfȯl- How to pronounce falcon (audio) 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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Illustration of falcon

falcon 1: 1 hood, 2 jess, 3 gauntlet

Examples of falcon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hardberger revels in all that, the news of new animal babies out in the thicket, the spotting of a falcon perhaps in for a visit from the Rio Grande. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "As his namesake park’s land bridge becomes reality, former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger looks back," 2 Jan. 2021 Canada and Michigan are home to a small number of falcon species, including American kestrel and merlin, according to the Michigan Hawking Club and the Canadian Encyclopedia. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Gorgeous falcon sighted on Ambassador Bridge, hundreds of feet above the Detroit River," 3 Dec. 2020 According to Harrison, Moynes even has a falcon as a pet. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Clare’s Dueling Blakes Ended A Long-Standing Bachelorette Tradition," 13 Oct. 2020 In one room were banks of expensive incubators containing falcon eggs. Star Tribune, "Excerpt from Helen Macdonald's 'Vesper Flights'," 24 Sep. 2020 The scientists took samples of permafrost soil, ground and ice from the rim of a hole -- known as the Erkuta crater -- during a field trip in 2017 after it was discovered by biologists who were in the area observing falcon nesting. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Massive mystery holes appear in Siberian tundra — and could be linked to climate change," 4 Sep. 2020 Johnston and his colleagues identify it as likely being a kestrel, a kind of falcon, the most commonly mummified raptor from ancient Egypt. Matt Simon, Wired, "Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have," 20 Aug. 2020 Watch for raptors like the Peregrine falcon, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk and those goshawks that Edge fought so hard to protect. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Seven Places to Get Outside This Summer—and the Environmental Heroes to Thank for Them," 29 June 2020 But moms also have to teach their young how to be a monkey, a cheetah, a whale, or a falcon. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "Beautiful moments between animal mothers and their babies," 8 May 2020

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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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9 Jan 2021

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“Falcon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falcon. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce falcon (audio) , 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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