talon

noun tal·on \ ˈta-lən \

Definition of talon

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
b :stock 10c

taloned

play \-lənd\ adjective

Examples of talon in a Sentence

  1. The hawk gripped the mouse in its talons.

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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


TALON Defined for English Language Learners

talon

noun

Definition of talon for English Language Learners

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


TALON Defined for Kids

talon

noun tal·on \ ˈta-lən \

Definition of talon for Students

:the claw of a bird of prey

taloned

\-ənd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

talon

noun tal·on \ ˈtal-ən \

medical Definition of talon

:the crushing region of the crown of an upper molar


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