peregrine falcon


Definition of peregrine falcon

: a swift nearly cosmopolitan falcon (Falco peregrinus) often used in falconry

called also peregrine

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Examples of peregrine falcon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This program will include a trio of screech owls, a barn owl and a peregrine falcon. Hartford Courant, 10 June 2022 As UC Berkeley’s peregrine falcon Annie makes headlines for quickly finding a new mate, a couple of raptors farther north are showing the world what can happen with just a little bit of romantic stability. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2022 Annie is a female peregrine falcon who, since 2016, has been sheltering and laying eggs atop the university’s 307-foot-tall Sather Tower with her mate, Grinnell. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 A few hours before he was struck by a car, Grinnell was seen defending the nest against an aggressive juvenile peregrine falcon. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 By the mid-1960s, the peregrine falcon population dropped by more than 70 percent in the western United States. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 The resort’s roster includes six Harris’s hawks, one peregrine falcon, one Eurasian eagle owl, one barn owl and an Eastern screech owl. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 The one-and-a-half-pound quadrocopter, which has feet and legs modeled after a peregrine falcon, can catch and carry objects ten times its own weight. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 Until then, it can be viewed on the peregrine falcon webpage run by PG&E and the UCSC research group. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of peregrine falcon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peregrine falcon

Middle English faukon peregryn, from Medieval Latin falco peregrinus, literally, pilgrim falcon; from the young being captured wandering from their nests, which were too inaccessible to reach easily

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20 Jun 2022

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“Peregrine falcon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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