peregrine falcon
noun Etymology: Middle English faukon peregryn, from Medieval Latin falco peregrinus, literally, pilgrim falcon; from the young being captured wandering from their nests, which were too inaccessible to reach easily Date: 14th century a swift nearly cosmopolitan falcon (Falco peregrinus) often used in falconry — called also peregrine

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  • peregrine falcon — or peregrine n. [transl. of L falco peregrinus] a swift falcon (Falco peregrinus) of nearly worldwide distribution, much used in falconry …   English World dictionary

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  • Peregrine Falcon — sakalas keleivis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Falco peregrinus angl. Peregrine Falcon vok. Wanderfalke …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • peregrine falcon — sakalas keleivis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Falco peregrinus; Hierofalco peregrinus angl. peregrine falcon vok. Wanderfalke, m rus. сапсан, m pranc. faucon pèlerin, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tikrieji sakalai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • peregrine falcon — noun a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry • Syn: ↑peregrine, ↑Falco peregrinus • Derivationally related forms: ↑peregrine (for: ↑peregrine) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • peregrine falcon — per|e|grine fal|con [ˌperıgrın ˈfo:lkən US ˈfo:l , ˈfa:l ] n also peregrine [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: peregrine from Latin peregrinus; PILGRIM] a hunting bird with a black and white spotted front …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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