talon

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noun tal·on \ˈta-lən\

Definition of talon

  1. 1a :  the claw of an animal and especially of a bird of preyb :  a finger or hand of a human being

  2. 2 :  a part or object shaped like or suggestive of a heel or claw: asa :  an ogee moldingb :  the shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt

  3. 3a :  cards laid aside in a pile in solitaireb :  stock 10c

taloned

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Examples of talon in a sentence

  1. The hawk gripped the mouse in its talons.

Origin and Etymology of talon

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


TALON Defined for English Language Learners

talon

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noun tal·on \ˈta-lən\

Definition of talon for English Language Learners

  • : one of the sharp claws on the feet of some birds


TALON Defined for Kids

talon

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noun tal·on \ˈta-lən\

Definition of talon for Students

  1. :  the claw of a bird of prey

taloned

\-ənd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

talon

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noun tal·on \ˈtal-ən\

Medical Definition of talon

  1. :  the crushing region of the crown of an upper molar


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