- 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.
Origin of talon
Examples from the Web for talon
He had been sent by Talon to investigate the copper mines of Lake Superior.The Country of the Neutrals
James H. Coyne
It is better to play cards from the talon rather than from the wings.Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience
Look closer and you'll see that only a talon could have made a gash like that.Beyond the Black River
Robert E. Howard
By November, 1671, Talon wrote that there were enough horses.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime
William Henry Atherton
Must their ever-ravening eagles beak and talon annihilate us?Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
- a sharply hooked claw, esp of a bird of prey
- anything resembling a bird's claw
- the part of a lock that the key presses on when it is turned
- cards the pile of cards left after the deal
- architect another name for ogee
- stock exchange a printed slip attached to some bearer bonds to enable the holder to apply for a new sheet of coupons
Word Origin and History for talon
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].
- 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.