a globally distributed falcon, Falco peregrinus, much used in falconry because of its swift flight: several subspecies are endangered.
Origin of peregrine falcon
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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British Dictionary definitions for peregrine falcon
a falcon, Falco peregrinus, occurring in most parts of the world, having a dark plumage on the back and wings and lighter underpartsSee also duck hawk
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