a claw, especially of a bird of prey.
the shoulder on the bolt of a lock against which the key presses in sliding the bolt.
Cards. the cards left over after the deal; stock.

1350–1400; Middle English taloun < Anglo-French; Old French talon < Vulgar Latin *tālōn-, stem of *tālō, for Latin tālus heel

taloned, adjective
untaloned, adjective
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talon (ˈtælən)
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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, talounz "claws of a bird or beast," probably originally from O.Fr. talon "heel or hinder part of the foot of a beast, or of a man, or of a shoe," from M.L. talonem "heel," from L. talus "ankle" (see talus (1)). "The extension to birds of prey, and subsequent stages,
are peculiar to English" [OED].
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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.
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Example sentences
Animals that hunt birds in trees or in flight are strong fliers with strong
Something which makes my sheath retract and my talons ooze.
Challenger's handler crossed the majestic set to center stage, with the
  national bird's impressive talons encircling his arm.
Should be easy to get a grip with those talons of hers.
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