- 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 taloned
The Zid could only sink in all six taloned limbs and hold fast.Traders Risk
It seemed like the shadow on quiet water of a taloned bird he could not see.The Silver Poppy
These are only some of the things which make the devil rub his taloned fingers.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Here was Desire toothed, taloned, quick with every subtle art of nature.She Buildeth Her House
His taloned fingers were clenched, his cheeks sunk further in.Ask a Foolish Question
- 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 taloned
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.