[tal-uh n]


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 formstal·oned, adjectiveun·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.

    Traders Risk

    Roger Dee

  • It seemed like the shadow on quiet water of a taloned bird he could not see.

    The Silver Poppy

    Arthur Stringer

  • 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.

  • His taloned fingers were clenched, his cheeks sunk further in.

    Ask a Foolish Question

    Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for taloned



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



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].

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Science definitions for taloned



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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