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Falcon Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    falcon n : diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight v : hunt with falcons; "The Arabs like to falcon in the desert"
Falcon Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Falcon \Fal"con\, n. [OE. faucon, faucoun, OF. faucon, falcon, ?. faucon, fr. LL. falco, perh. from L. falx, falcis, a sickle or scythe, and named from its curving talons. Cf. Falchion.]
  1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) One of a family (Falconid[ae]) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight. (b) 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. In the language of falconry, the female peregrine (Falco peregrinus) is exclusively called the falcon. --Yarrell.
  2. (Gun.) An ancient form of cannon. Chanting falcon. (Zo["o]l.) See under Chanting.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Falcon'

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A falcon (pronounced /ˈfɔːlkən/ or /ˈfælkən/) is any species of raptor in the genus Falco. The genus contains 37 species, widely distributed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

Adult falcons have thin tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. Fledgling falcons, in their first year of flying, have longer flight feathers which makes their configuration more like that of a general-purpose bird such as a broadwing. This makes it easier to fly while learning the exceptional skills required to be effective hunters as adults.

Peregrine Falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), making them the fastest-moving creatures on Earth. Other falcons include the Gyrfalcon, Lanner Falcon, and the Merlin. Some small falcons with long narrow wings are called hobbies, and some which hover while hunting are called kestrels. The falcons are part of the family Falconidae, which also includes the caracaras, Laughing Falcon, forest falcons, and falconets.

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Meaning of the Name 'Falcon'

  • Meaning: Surname relating to falconry.
  • Origin: English
  • Gender: Male

Falcon Sample Sentences in News

  • Dassault Aviation Rolls out 250th Falcon 7X
    Another milestone in the Falcon 7X program was reached this week with the roll-out of the 250th aircraft at Dassault Aviation's Charles Lindbergh Hall in Mérignac near Bordeaux, France. It will fly to the Falcon completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas in June and will be delivered to its customer before year's end. "This latest milestone is testim Read more on this news related to 'Falcon'
  • Dassault to Highlight Falcon Business Jet Lineup at ABACE 2014
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  • Falcon Metal Corporation Changes Name to Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc.
    Falcon Metal Corporation, an industrial distributor of fasteners and other Class C production components used in high-volume manufacturing assembly, today announced it has official Read more on this news related to 'Falcon'

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