Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various birds of prey of the family Falconidae and especially of the genus Falco, having a short, curved beak and long, pointed, powerful wings adapted for swift flight.
  • n. Any of several birds of these or related species, such as hawks, trained to hunt small game.
  • n. A female bird of this type used in falconry.
  • n. A small cannon in use from the 15th to the 17th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any bird of the genus Falco, all of which are birds of prey.
  • v. To hunt with a falcon or falcons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. One of a family (Falconidæ) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight.
  • n. Any species of the genus Falco, distinguished by having a toothlike lobe on the upper mandible; especially, one of this genus trained to the pursuit of other birds, or game.
  • n. An ancient form of cannon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A diurnal bird of prey, not a vulture; especially, a hawk used in falconry.
  • n. In ornithology:
  • n. One of the Falconidæ.
  • n. One of the Falconidæ.
  • n. Specifically, a bird of the genus Falco.
  • n. In falconry, a female falcon, as distinguished from the male, which is about a third smaller, and is known as a tercel, tiercel, or tiercelet. See haggard.
  • n. A kind of cannon in use in the sixteenth century.
  • n. Same as femoral falcon.

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

  • v. hunt with falcons
  • n. diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French faucon, falcun, from Late Latin falcō, falcōn-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English falcon, faulcon, from Anglo-Norman falcon, falcun, from Late Latin falcō ("falcon"), of Germanic origin, probably via Old Frankish *falko (“falcon, hawk”), from Proto-Germanic *falkô (“falcon”), from from Proto-Indo-European *pol̑- (“pale”), from *pel- (“fallow”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though I feel guilty for the torture its giving you, the maltese falcon is making me starved for a story that doesn't exist yet.

    A Mad Dash to Mechanical Emus

  • But Syfka, an ancient falcon, is claiming that one of her people is hidden in the avian and serpiente land.

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  • Half drunk, they call their falcon and wander far off to hunt.

    Hunting Song

  • Indus” questioned the fact, known to so many travellers, that the falcon is also killed by this “tiger of the air,” despite the latter’s feeble bill (pp. 35 – 38).

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Sokol means "falcon" -- no doubt the original badge favoured by Slavonic societies.

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • Meh, maybe when it was called the falcon back in Perfect dark (scoped falcon = = halo 2 pistol) Baby mario, Yoshis island, and all the wario games/mario sports titles i view as the true sellout ponts for mario.

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  • Before I quit, the monikers "modern" and "primitive" falconry may need a bit more explaining: Steve flies a domestic-bred, hybrid falcon, which is hardly primitive.

    On Falconry

  • A falcon was our houseguest convalescing after a nasty encounter with the high-tension electrical wires.

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  • They were both silent for a long while, Nefer containing himself, although his disappointment at the loss of the falcon was a torment as intense as if he had thrust his hand into flames.

    Warlock

  • The falcon was the alter ego of the god: statues and depictions of him showed him with the falcon head.

    Warlock

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