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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Falcon \Fal"con\, n. [OE. faucon, faucoun, OF. faucon, falcon, ?. faucon, fr. LL. falco, perh. from L. falx, falcis, a sickle or scythe, and named from its curving talons. Cf. Falchion.] 1. (Zool.) (a) One of a family (Falconid[ae]) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight. (b) Any species of the genus Falco, distinguished by having a toothlike lobe on the upper mandible; especially, one of this genus trained to the pursuit of other birds, or game. [1913 Webster] In the language of falconry, the female peregrine (Falco peregrinus) is exclusively called the falcon. --Yarrell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gun.) An ancient form of cannon. [1913 Webster] Chanting falcon. (Zool.) See under Chanting. [1913 Webster]