from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A punishment identical to the offense, as the death penalty for murder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Retaliation; retribution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Retaliation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The law of retaliation, according to which the punishment inflicted corresponds in kind and degree to the injury, as an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth. This mode of punishment was established by the Mosaic law (Lev. xxiv. 20).
- n. Revenge; retaliation.
- n. A slip of a tree.
Middle English talioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin tāliō, tāliōn-; see telə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French talion, from Latin talis ("such"). (Wiktionary)