Definition of Falcon

1. Noun. Diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight.

2. Verb. Hunt with falcons. "In the summer they like to go out and falcon"; "The tribes like to falcon in the desert"
Generic synonyms: Hunt, Hunt Down, Run, Track Down
Derivative terms: Falconer, Falconry

Definition of Falcon

1. n. One of a family (Falconidæ) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight.

Definition of Falcon

1. Noun. Any bird of the genus ''Falco'', all of which are birds of prey. ¹

2. Verb. To hunt with a falcon or falcons. ¹

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Definition of Falcon

1. a bird of prey [n -S]

Medical Definition of Falcon

1. 1. One of a family (Falconidae) of raptorial birds, characterised by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight. 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. An ancient form of cannon. Chanting falcon. See Chanting. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Falcon

falciform cartilage
falciform crest
falciform ligament
falciform ligament of liver
falciform lobe
falciform margin
falciform process
falciparum exported serine-threonine protein kinase
falciparum fever
falciparum malaria
falcon (current term)

Literary usage of Falcon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of the Earth, and Animated Natureby Oliver Goldsmith, Washington Irving by Oliver Goldsmith, Washington Irving (1854)
"In this view the falcon is a more important animal than the eagle or the ... The gyr-falcon leads in this bold train. He exceed« all other falcons in the ..."

2. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"Long-legged falcon, Lath. F. Acoli, Shaw, Vaill. OA t. 33. Breast with fine dusky linear ... Black and white falcon. F. leucomelas, Illiger, Azara, n. ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"State of Xulia. annexed since 1881, falcon covers an area of 30212 square miles. ... A falcon is recorded as having traversed the distance between ..."

4. Magazine of Natural History edited by John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson (1829)
"The Haggard falcon, Barbary falcon, Yearling falcon, and Red falcon are ... The Common falcon (Falco communis) is also placed among the synonyms of the ..."

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