falcon

A falcon is a large hunting bird. Falcons are strong, with long wingspans and very sharp eyesight — not to mention their very sharp beaks.

Falcons use their powerful wings and vision to spot prey while flying and swoop down on it. They can fly rapidly and change direction very quickly. A falcon is a type of raptor, birds of prey that include eagles and vultures. The peregrine falcon, is the fastest-moving of all animals. The Latin root of falcon is probably falx, "curved blade or sickle," which describes the shape of the bird's talons and beak.

Definitions of falcon
  1. noun
    diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
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    Falco peregrinus, peregrine, peregrine falcon
    a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry
    Falco rusticolus, gerfalcon, gyrfalcon
    large and rare Arctic falcon having white and dark color phases
    Falco tinnunculus, kestrel
    small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
    American kestrel, Falco sparverius, kestrel, sparrow hawk
    small North American falcon
    Falco columbarius, merlin, pigeon hawk
    small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
    Falco subbuteo, hobby
    small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds
    caracara
    any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South America and Central America
    falcon-gentil, falcon-gentle
    female falcon especially a female peregrine falcon
    Audubon's caracara, Polyborus cheriway audubonii
    widespread from southern United States to Central America; rusty black with black-and-white breast and tail
    Polyborus plancus, carancha
    South American caracara
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    hawk
    diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
  2. verb
    hunt with falcons
    “The tribes like to falcon in the desert”
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    hunt, hunt down, run, track down
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
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