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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Falcon,  MO 
  Zip  code(s):  65470 
  Falcon,  MS  (town,  FIPS  24180) 
  Location:  34.39265  N,  90.25548  W 
  Population  (1990):  167  (68  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Falcon,  NC  (town,  FIPS  22620) 
  Location:  35.19440  N,  78.64858  W 
  Population  (1990):  216  (90  housing  units) 
  Area:  3.2  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 




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