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falcon

fal·con
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl-kuh n, fal-, faw-kuh n]
    • /ˈfɔl kən, ˈfæl-, ˈfɔ kən/
    • /ˈfɒl.kən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl-kuh n, fal-, faw-kuh n]
    • /ˈfɔl kən, ˈfæl-, ˈfɔ kən/

Definitions of falcon word

  • noun falcon any of several birds of prey of the family Falconidae, especially of the genus Falco, usually distinguished by long, pointed wings, a hooked beak with a toothlike notch on each side of the upper bill, and swift, agile flight, typically diving to seize prey: some falcon species are close to extinction. 1
  • noun falcon Falconry. the female gyrfalcon. falcon-gentle. any bird of prey trained for use in falconry. Compare tercel. 1
  • noun falcon a small, light cannon in use from the 15th to the 17th century. 1
  • noun falcon (initial capital letter) Military. a family of air-to-air guided missiles, some of them capable of carrying nuclear warheads. 1
  • noun falcon A diurnal bird of prey with long pointed wings and a notched beak, typically catching prey by diving on it from above. 1
  • noun falcon bird of prey 1

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Origin of falcon

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English fauco(u)n, falcon < Anglo-French, Old French faucon < Late Latin falcōn- (stem of falcō) hawk (said to be derivative of falx, stem falc- sickle, referring to the sicklelike talons)

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Parts of speech for Falcon

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

falcon popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

falcon usage trend in Literature

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