[ tal-uhn ]
/ ˈtæl ən /
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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.



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Origin of talon

1350–1400; Middle English taloun<Anglo-French; Old French talon<Vulgar Latin *tālōn-, stem of *tālō, for Latin tālus heel


taloned, adjectiveun·tal·oned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for talon

/ (ˈtælən) /


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

Derived forms of talon

taloned, adjective

Word Origin for talon

C14: from Old French: heel, from Latin tālus heel
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Scientific definitions for talon

[ tălən ]

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.
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