|1.||a sharply hooked claw, esp of a bird of prey|
|2.||anything resembling a bird's claw|
|3.||the part of a lock that the key presses on when it is turned|
|4.||cards the pile of cards left after the deal|
|5.||architect another name for ogee|
|6.||stock exchange a printed slip attached to some bearer bonds to enable the holder to apply for a new sheet of coupons|
|[C14: from Old French: heel, from Latin tālus heel]|
|talon (tāl'ən) Pronunciation Key
One of the sharp, curved claws on a limb of a bird or other animal such as a lizard, used for seizing and tearing prey. Most talons are situated at the ends of digits.
narrow, arched structure that curves downward from the end of the digit in birds, reptiles, many mammals, and some amphibians. It is a hardened (keratinized) modification of the epidermis. Claws may be adapted for scratching, clutching, digging, or climbing. By analogy, the appendages of other lower animals are frequently called claws. The claw's shape is ordinarily suited to the food-getting habit of the animal. Eagles have long, curved talons for grasping prey; the claws of chickens are short and sturdy, for scratching the ground for food.
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