peregrine falcon

noun
a globally distributed falcon, Falco peregrinus, much used in falconry because of its swift flight: several subspecies are endangered.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

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peregrine falcon
 
n
See also duck hawk a falcon, Falco peregrinus, occurring in most parts of the world, having a dark plumage on the back and wings and lighter underparts

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Example sentences
For its size, it is the fastest flight of any bird, faster even than the legendary peregrine falcon.
If a peregrine falcon decides to have you for lunch, you'd better run.
The peregrine falcon is a sleek, rapid-flying bird of prey.
Success can be seen with species such as the peregrine falcon, now delisted.
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