- 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.
- 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
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].
- 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.