Definitions for: Falcon


[n] diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
[v] hunt with falcons; "The Arabs like to falcon in the desert"



Webster (1913) Definition: Fal"con, n. [OE. faucon, faucoun, OF. faucon, falcon,
?. faucon, fr. LL. falco, perh. from L. falx, falcis, a
sickle or scythe, and named from its curving talons. Cf.
Falchion.]
1. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) One of a family (Falconid[ae]) of raptorial birds,
characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws,
and powerful flight.
(b) 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.

In the language of falconry, the female
peregrine (Falco peregrinus) is exclusively
called the falcon. --Yarrell.

2. (Gun.) An ancient form of cannon.

Chanting falcon. (Zo["o]l.) See under Chanting.

See Also: American kestrel, caracara, Falco columbarius, Falco peregrinus, Falco rusticolus, Falco sparverius, Falco subbuteo, Falco tinnunculus, Falconidae, family Falconidae, gerfalcon, gyrfalcon, hawk, hobby, hunt, hunt down, kestrel, merlin, peregrine, peregrine falcon, pigeon hawk, run, sparrow hawk, track down

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