American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Foreign; not native.
- Migratory, as a bird; coming from foreign parts; roving or wandering: specifically noting a kind of falcon, Falco peregrinus.
- In astrology, not exerting a strong influence; void of essential dignities.
- n. A foreign sojourner or resident in any state; a resident or subject not in possession of civil rights.
- n. The peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus. The original implication of the term in falconry is not retained in ornithology, and the name is extended to the group of falcons resembling the European peregrine, representatives of which are found in most parts of the world. They are true falcons of large size and great spirit. The American peregrine, commonly called the duck-hawk (Falco anatum) is a different variety from the European, and there are several other geographical races of peregrines. See
falcon, and cut under duck-hawk.
- adj. Wandering, travelling, migratory.
- adj. not native to a region or country; foreign; alien.
- n. The peregrine falcon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Foreign; not native; extrinsic or from without; exotic.
- n. The peregrine falcon.
- adj. migratory.
- n. a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry
- Via Old French (Modern French pérégrin), from Latin peregrinus ("foreign"), from peregre ("abroad"), from per- + agri ("field, farm") (from which English agri- ("farming")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin peregrīnus, wandering, pilgrim, from Latin, foreigner, from pereger, being abroad : per-, through; see per- + ager, land; see agro- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Because if anything, a peregrine is cooler than an eagle.”
“These include parrots, wrens, thornbills and raptors such as peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus.”
“In addition, the researchers are investigating birds that are particularly fast fliers, such as peregrine falcons; those with acrobatic talents, such as swifts and house martins; those that can hover through powered flight, such as kingfishers; and birds that can fly backward, such as hummingbirds.”
“For Tom Litteral, an avid bird watcher in Steamboat Springs, those moments often involve birds of prey, such as peregrine falcons, diving at speeds as many as 225 miles per hour to strike victims in midair.”
“The name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the peregrine falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.”
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“The name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.”
“The desert flower joins a growing list of rare plants and animals pulled back from the brink of oblivion thanks to federal intervention, reported the Times, "including such species as the bald eagle, the Virginia northern flying squirrel, the American peregrine falcon, the red kangaroo and the North Pacific population of the gray whale.”
“Good to hear that Manchester's peregrine falcons are back in their original home after last year's unsettling bit of house-hunting.”
“The mood is stirred further by a male peregrine, who rises above the woods and glides south so smoothly that it feels as if I'm watching a floater pass gently down the curve of my own eye, rather than a distant physical object.”
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