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falconry

[fawl-kuh n-ree, fal-, faw-kuh n-]
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noun
  1. the sport of hunting with falcons, hawks, eagles, etc.; hawking.
  2. the art of training hawks to hunt.
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Origin of falconry

1565–75; falcon + -ry, modeled on French fauconnerie
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Examples from the Web for falconry

Historical Examples

  • He diverted himself with rural pastimes, especially with falconry.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • It was chiefly used as a term in falconry, and applied to hawks.

  • There were more than twenty falcons, of all sorts, in Vebba's falconry.

    Ned, the son of Webb

    William O. Stoddard

  • The merlin when trained for falconry is usually flown at the skylark.

  • Like falconry and all that business, it has gone out of date.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for falconry

falconry

noun
  1. the art of keeping falcons and training them to return from flight to a lure or to hunt quarry
  2. the sport of causing falcons to return from flight to their trainer and to hunt quarry under his or her direction
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Word Origin and History for falconry

n.

1570s, from French fauconnerie, from faucon (see falcon).

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