talon

[ tal-uh n ]
/ ˈtæl ən /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. talmudist,
  2. talo-,
  3. talocalcaneonavicular joint,
  4. talocrural,
  5. talocrural joint,
  6. talooka,
  7. talos,
  8. taluk,
  9. talus,
  10. talweg

Origin of talon

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

Related formstal·oned, adjectiveun·tal·oned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for taloned

talon

/ (ˈtælən) /

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 Formstaloned, adjective

Word Origin for talon

C14: from Old French: heel, from Latin tālus heel

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Word Origin and History for taloned

talon

n.

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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for taloned

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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