Definitions for falconˈfɔl kən, ˈfæl-, ˈfɔ kən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fal•conˈfɔl kən, ˈfæl-, ˈfɔ kən(n.)

  1. any of various birds of prey of the family Falconidae, having long pointed wings and capable of swift, agile flight.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. Falconry. the female gyrfalcon. the female peregrine falcon.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Compare tercel.

  3. any bird of prey trained for use in falconry.

  4. a small cannon in use from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

Origin of falcon:

1200–50; ME fauco(u)n, falcon < AF, OF faucon < LL falcōnem

fal′co•noid`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. falcon(verb)

    diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight

  2. falcon(verb)

    hunt with falcons

    "The tribes like to falcon in the desert"

Wiktionary

  1. falcon(Noun)

    Any bird of the genus Falco, all of which are birds of prey.

  2. falcon(Verb)

    To hunt with a falcon or falcons.

  3. Origin: From falcon, faulcon, from falcon, falcun, from falco, of origin, probably via Old , from falkô, from from pol̑-, from . Cognate with fealca, fealcen, valk, Falke, falk, fálki, pálšas, bāls, buolgs. More at fallow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Falcon(noun)

    one of a family (Falconidae) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight

  2. Falcon(noun)

    any species of the genus Falco, distinguished by having a toothlike lobe on the upper mandible; especially, one of this genus trained to the pursuit of other birds, or game

  3. Falcon(noun)

    an ancient form of cannon

Freebase

  1. Falcon

    A falcon is any species of raptor in the genus Falco. The genus contains 37 species, widely distributed throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and North America. Adult falcons have thin tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. Fledgling falcons, in their first year of flying, have longer flight feathers, which makes their configuration more like that of a general-purpose bird such as a broadwing. This makes it easier to fly while learning the exceptional skills required to be effective hunters as adults. Peregrine Falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour, making them the fastest-moving creatures on Earth. Other falcons include the Gyrfalcon, Lanner Falcon, and the Merlin. Some small falcons with long narrow wings are called hobbies, and some which hover while hunting are called kestrels. The falcons are part of the family Falconidae, which also includes the caracaras, Laughing Falcon, forest falcons, and falconets. The traditional term for a male falcon is tercel or tiercel, from Latin tertius = third because of the belief that only one in three eggs hatched a male bird. Some sources give the etymology as deriving from the fact that a male falcon is approximately one third smaller than the female.A falcon chick, especially one reared for falconry, that is still in its downy stage is known as an eyas. The word arose by mistaken division of Old French un niais, from Latin presumed nidiscus. The technique of hunting with trained captive birds of prey is known as falconry.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

falcon(noun)

a kind of bird of prey sometimes used for hunting.

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