falcon

noun
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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There are no flashy falcon wing doors or a massive panoramic screen like those in the bigger Tesla Model X. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The coolest tech in Audi’s new e-tron electric SUV is banned in the US," 18 Sep. 2018 Drive up Skyline Parkway and walk it off at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, which comprises four miles of trails and hundreds of birds including falcons, eagles, and vultures. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 4 Days on Minnesota's North Shore," 19 July 2018 The past several decades have seen an almost complete recovery of raptor populations, notably falcons and eagles. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 But the deal also increased the size of the conservation area, which experts say has the greatest concentration of nesting eagles, falcons and hawks in North America, with 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers) of key habitat. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "High-voltage power lines will pass near Idaho bird sanctuary | Idaho Statesman," 18 Apr. 2018 And a growing commitment to augmenting the grotesqueries of Gothick design, colored glass at the windows lending the place a cathedral air with images not of saints but suns and moons, stars, falcons, an antlered stag. Longreads, "The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone," 17 Apr. 2018 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

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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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falcon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of falcon

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

falcon

noun
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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