falcon

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

Definition of falcon

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

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of falcon

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


First Known Use: 13th century


FALCON Defined for English Language Learners

falcon

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

Definition of falcon for English Language Learners

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


FALCON Defined for Kids

falcon

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noun fal·con \ˈfal-kən, ˈfȯl-\

Definition of falcon for Students

  1. 1 :  a hawk trained for use in hunting small game

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



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