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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