from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widely distributed, swift-flying bird of prey (Falco peregrinus), having gray and white plumage, much used in falconry. Also called duck hawk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medium-sized, very swift falcon, Falco peregrinus, that hunts small birds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a courageous and swift falcon (Falco peregrinus), remarkable for its wide distribution over all the continents. The adult plumage is dark bluish ash on the back, nearly black on the head and cheeks, white beneath, barred with black below the throat. Called also peregrine hawk, duck hawk, game hawk, and great-footed hawk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry
The peregrine falcon — the tiercel, he remembered — was awake and about to go hunting.
Supper was no better, although Mortimer did refer to the queen just once, when he broke off in the middle of a story about a peregrine falcon which had escaped from the mews and decimated the population of a neighbor’s dovecot, to ask me if Elizabeth liked hawking.