EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1350–1400; Middle English taloun < Anglo-French; Old French talon < Vulgar Latin *tālōn-, stem of *tālō, for Latin tālus heel Related forms tal·oned, adjective un·tal·oned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for taloned Historical Examples of taloned
The Zid could only sink in all six
taloned limbs and hold fast.
It seemed like the shadow on quiet water of a
taloned bird he could not see.
These are only some of the things which make the devil rub his
Here was Desire toothed,
taloned, quick with every subtle art of nature.
taloned fingers were clenched, his cheeks sunk further in. British Dictionary definitions for taloned noun 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 taloned, adjective Word Origin for talon
C14: from Old French: heel, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for taloned n.
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].
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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