talon

noun

tal·​on ˈta-lən How to pronounce talon (audio)
1
a
: the claw of an animal and especially of a bird of prey
b
: a finger or hand of a human being
2
: a part or object shaped like or suggestive of a heel or claw: such as
a
: an ogee molding
b
: the shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt
3
a
: cards laid aside in a pile in solitaire
taloned adjective

Examples of talon in a Sentence

The hawk gripped the mouse in its talons.
Recent Examples on the Web Mark Witton The gryphon, or griffin, is a legendary creature dating back to classical antiquity, sporting the body, legs, and tail of a lion and the wings, head, and front talons of an eagle. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 June 2024 For smaller birds without talons, Hackett said, the organization prefers for people to drop the animal off. Vivian Barrett, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2024 The attendance hawks had their talons sharpened for Jackson’s absences from several OTA sessions. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2024 At the height of his running career, Pistorius was charged with Steenkamp’s murder after fatally shooting her through a bathroom door with bullets designed with metal talons to destroy organs and maximize blood loss. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for talon 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English taloun heel, hind claw of a bird of prey, from Anglo-French talun, from Vulgar Latin *talon-, *talo, from Latin talus ankle, anklebone

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of talon was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Talon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talon. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

talon

noun
tal·​on ˈtal-ən How to pronounce talon (audio)
: the claw of an animal and especially of a bird of prey

Medical Definition

talon

noun
tal·​on ˈtal-ən How to pronounce talon (audio)
: the crushing region of the crown of an upper molar

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