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peregrine falcon

noun
1.
a globally distributed falcon, Falco peregrinus, much used in falconry because of its swift flight: several subspecies are endangered.
Origin of peregrine falcon
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • Of the migratory birds of prey the kestrel is perhaps the first to arrive; the osprey and the peregrine falcon are among the last.

  • Large Ravens are inveterate enemies of the peregrine falcon.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • We have found two nests of the peregrine falcon, placed high on rocky declivities.

  • The peregrine falcon was one of those most frequently used in falconry.

  • A farmer has just brought me in a peregrine falcon that he shot this morning.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • A peregrine falcon, from the wild, rocky coast to the west, came sailing on wide-reaching wings across the April sky.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • The whole group flew much like the peregrine falcon, which indeed resembles them much in form, but neither in size nor color.

  • The peregrine falcon (F. peregrīnus) is not so large as the jerfalcon, but more graceful in shape.

  • The allowance always prescribed for a peregrine falcon is one-third of a pound of beef.

  • This bird is much larger than the peregrine falcon, and, indeed, is very little less than the great gerfalcon itself.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for peregrine falcon

peregrine falcon

noun
1.
a falcon, Falco peregrinus, occurring in most parts of the world, having a dark plumage on the back and wings and lighter underparts See also duck hawk
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