Origin of talon
Examples from the Web for talon
Mr. Talon, Lady Clarissa's lawyers expect you at nine with the bonds for twelve thousand five hundred pounds.The Harlequinade|Dion Clayton Calthrop
Must their ever-ravening eagles beak and talon annihilate us?Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
Wild birds were they, strong of talon, clanging of wing, and clamorous of gullet.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
Another familiar symbol on American coins is the bundle of arrows held in one talon or the other of the eagle.
Twelve cards are dealt to him by his adversary, and five others are in reserve for him in the "talon."The Sharper Detected and Exposed|Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
British Dictionary definitions for talon
Word Origin for talon
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].