talon







talon


noun

  1. a claw, especially of a bird of prey.
  2. the shoulder on the bolt of a lock against which the key presses in sliding the bolt.
  3. Cards. the cards left over after the deal; stock.

noun

  1. a sharply hooked claw, esp of a bird of prey
  2. anything resembling a bird’s claw
  3. the part of a lock that the key presses on when it is turned
  4. cards the pile of cards left after the deal
  5. architect another name for ogee
  6. 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].

  1. 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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