Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The claw of a bird of prey.
  • n. The similar claw of a predatory animal.
  • n. Something similar to or suggestive of an animal's claw.
  • n. The part of a lock that the key presses in order to shoot the bolt.
  • n. Games The part of the deck of cards in certain card games left on the table after the deal.
  • n. Architecture An ogee molding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sharp, hooked claw of a bird of prey or other predatory animal.
  • n. One of certain small prominences on the hind part of the face of an elephant's tooth.
  • n. A kind of moulding, concave at the bottom and convex at the top; an ogee. (When the concave part is at the top, it is called an inverted talon.)
  • n. The shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt.
  • n. In the card game bezique, the remaining stock of undealt cards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The claw of a predaceous bird or animal, especially the claw of a bird of prey.
  • n. One of certain small prominences on the hind part of the face of an elephant's tooth.
  • n. A kind of molding, concave at the bottom and convex at the top; -- usually called an ogee.
  • n. The shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The claw of a bird or other animal; specifically, the claw of a bird of prey.
  • n. A heel, or low cusp, of a tooth.
  • n. In architecture, same as ogee.
  • n. In locks, the shoulder on the bolt against which the key presses in shooting the bolt.
  • n. That part of a pack of cards which remains after the hands have been dealt; the stock.
  • n. The heel of the blade of a sword.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey

Etymologies

Middle English taloun, from Old French talon, heel, from Vulgar Latin *tālō, tālōn-, from Latin tālus, ankle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French talon ("heel, spur"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Both the incisors and canines are unusual as they have a "talon" and "heel" structure, with the talons of the upper and lower incisors intermeshing to create a crushing surface between the heels (Boonstra 1962,

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  • There was a rip down my arm, a shallow slice from shoulder to wrist, made by a talon of that hideous creature.

    Raziel

  • Unhappily for titular lead Kevin James and his fellow cast members, I suspect the highest and lowest beasts on the food chain would review the very hindquarters off it, in a wild and vengeful feeding frenzy, fiercely brandishing every last claw, tusk, talon and tooth.

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  • I enumerated my first point by extending a silver talon; it caught the light from my eyes and rendered Apples in shades of green—a Granny Smith.

    Crossed

  • That was as far as Dave got, for at that moment he witnessed a transformation and found himself gazing into the same unspeakably ferocious blue eyes of the night before, at the same clutching talon-like hands, and at the same formidable bulk in the act of springing upon him.

    When the World Was Young

  • Touch his silly vanity, which he exalts into high-sounding pride — call him a liar, and behold the red animal in him that makes a hand clutching that is quick like the tensing of a tiger's claw, or an eagle's talon, incarnate with desire to rip and tear.

    The Somnambulists

  • I can see her now, as I write these lines, a leap in advance, her gray hair flying in thin tangled strings, the blood dripping down her forehead from some wound in the scalp, in her right hand a hatchet, her left hand, lean and wrinkled, a yellow talon, gripping the air convulsively.

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  • talon: claw
    talón: heel

    June 6, 2008