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

  • n. A small falcon (Falco columbarius) of northern regions, having predominantly dark plumage and a black-striped tail. Also called pigeon hawk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small falcon, Falco columbarius, that breeds in northern North America, Europe and Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small European falcon (Falco columbarius, syn. Falco lithofalco, or Falco æsalon). In North America called also pigeon hawk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of hawk; a falcon of small size, belonging to the genus Falco, and to that section of the genus called Æsalon or Hypotriorchis.
  • n. A hardy, active pony, somewhat larger than the Shetland, found in Wales.

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

  • n. small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
  • n. (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor


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

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman merilun, from Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril, of Germanic origin.



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