“The Dove shall decide between us,” smiled the Hawk politely, yet his taloned fingers working nervously.
The Zid could only sink in all six taloned limbs and hold fast.
A taloned paw clawed at him eagerly, slipped from his slime-covered body just as he brought the force blade up.
Here was Desire toothed, taloned, quick with every subtle art of nature.
It seemed like the shadow on quiet water of a taloned bird he could not see.
His taloned fingers were clenched, his cheeks sunk further in.
It was carrying in its taloned claws something that looked like a small monkey.
Then, even if they did not fall to some fanged or taloned prowler, they'd starve.
These are only some of the things which make the devil rub his taloned fingers.
A score of taloned paws clutched him from beneath; scaled forms collapsed under his insane blows.
c.1400, talounz "claws of a bird or beast," probably originally from Old French talon "heel or hinder part of the foot of a beast, or of a man, or of a shoe," from Medieval Latin talonem "heel," from Latin talus "ankle" (see talus (1)). "The extension to birds of prey, and subsequent stages, are peculiar to English" [OED].