Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sharp, hooked claw of a bird of prey or other predatory animal.
  • noun zoology One of certain small prominences on the hind part of the face of an elephant's tooth.
  • noun architecture 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.)
  • noun The shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt.
  • noun In the card game bezique, the remaining stock of undealt cards.

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

  • noun a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey

Etymologies

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

[Middle English taloun, from Old French talon, heel, from Vulgar Latin *tālō, tālōn-, from Latin tālus, ankle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French talon ("heel, spur").

Examples

  • A drink + me + the end of the word "talon" = _____________________.

    Braingle

  • 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, 1963, 1969).

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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, 1963, 1969).

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

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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,

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • 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,

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • 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.

    Zookeeper is a strange animal - a kids' movie for none of the family

  • 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

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

    Raziel

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  • talon: claw

    talón: heel

    June 6, 2008