from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widely distributed, swift-flying bird of prey (Falco peregrinus), having gray and white plumage, much used in falconry. Also called duck hawk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medium-sized, very swift falcon, Falco peregrinus, that hunts small birds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a courageous and swift falcon (Falco peregrinus), remarkable for its wide distribution over all the continents. The adult plumage is dark bluish ash on the back, nearly black on the head and cheeks, white beneath, barred with black below the throat. Called also peregrine hawk, duck hawk, game hawk, and great-footed hawk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry
Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin falcō peregrīnus (so called because they were caught in passage rather than taken from the nest as were eyas falcons).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)