falcon

noun
fal·​con | \ ˈfal-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) , ˈfȯl- also ˈfȯ-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) \

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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Our live webcam is fixed on a falcon nest on the 31st floor of Market Tower in Downtown Indianapolis. Tom Leyden, Indianapolis Star, "Falcon cameras from Monument Circle," 25 May 2018 Presentations will include a display of falcons and hawks by master falconer Cisco Clibourne, a seminar on the migration of Swainson’s hawks through Borrego, the natural history of roadrunners, hummingbirds, and burrowing owls. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Conservancy finishes survey of plant, wildlife species," 14 Feb. 2018 Bedouin women carry a tent, and a family and their falcon gather in front of their abode near a fire. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Photo: Christopher Pike for The Wall Street Journal Qasr Al Sarab This palatial resort in the Rub’ al-Khali desert offers up-close-and-personal visits with falcons, spa and hammam treatments and a standout breakfast spread. Charu Suri, WSJ, "An Insider’s Guide to Abu Dhabi—High and Low," 13 Dec. 2018 After an up close look at hawks, owls and falcons, some students at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield are now looking at birds of prey a bit differently. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "From plastic bags to birds of prey, Deerfield students recognize Earth Week," 30 Apr. 2018 An afternoon of camel riding, ATVing, playing with falcons and good company set the tone for an unforgettable weekend. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Married in Marrakech: Jane Lerman & Shane Fonner's Desert Wedding," 31 May 2017 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

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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 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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