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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Tourists have posted sightings online of the bird soaring near downtown high rises and recorded sightings of falcons over South Presa Street going as far back as at least 1984. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Wintering peregrine falcons seen soaring above downtown high rises," 24 Jan. 2018 Hawks, falcons, owls and other raptors show off their soaring and hunting skills. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 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

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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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