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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Their fee was the tribute of a single Maltese falcon to be delivered annually. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "For Sale in Malta: A Path to EU Citizenship," 11 July 2019 At Tettegouche State Park, look for falcons and other rare birds that come to nest. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019 Raptor Ranch will have displays, shows and tours featuring birds of prey, particularly falcons. Scott Craven, azcentral, "A summer-long goodbye: Bedrock City welcomes final visitors before taking off as Raptor Ranch," 14 June 2019 Filling up can take 15 minutes, leaving them exposured to predators like swooping falcons. National Geographic, "This Father’s Day, meet 6 extreme animal dads," 14 June 2019 The Northern Illinois Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center, along with local raptor trainers, will be on hand with live hawks, falcons and owls, a collection of bird bones, feathers and hunting gear. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 7 June 2019 The Daily Herald reports Patti Richards rescues hundreds of birds each year, including falcons, eagles, hawks and talking crows. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 Other attractions included the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center offering an exhibit featuring falcons, hawks and owls along with a collection of feathers, bird bones and hunting gear. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fermilab fair gives children hands-on introduction to environment," 9 June 2019 Eckstrom said officials recognize that the bird is a hawk and not a falcon, as its new name states. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Red-tailed hawk at Washington National Cathedral gets a name," 28 Feb. 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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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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