from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old name of the merlin, Falco æsalon or Æsalon regulus. See merlin.
  • n. A genus of falcons (Brisson, 1760): formerly used in a broad sense, later restricted to the small species related to the merlin. Æ. columbarius is the common pigeon-hawk of North America. See pigeon-hawk.


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