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tal·on

 (tăl′ən)
n.
1.
a. The claw of a bird of prey.
b. The similar claw of a predatory animal.
2. Something similar to or suggestive of an animal's claw.
3. The part of a lock that the key presses in order to shoot the bolt.
4. Games The part of the deck of cards in certain card games left on the table after the deal.
5. Architecture An ogee molding.

[Middle English taloun, from Old French talon, heel, from Vulgar Latin *tālō, tālōn-, from Latin tālus, ankle.]

talon

(ˈtælən)
n
1. (Zoology) 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. (Card Games) cards the pile of cards left after the deal
5. (Architecture) architect another name for ogee
6. (Stock Exchange) stock exchange a printed slip attached to some bearer bonds to enable the holder to apply for a new sheet of coupons
[C14: from Old French: heel, from Latin tālus heel]
ˈtaloned adj

tal•on

(ˈtæl ən)

n.
1. a claw, esp. of a bird of prey.
2. the shoulder on the bolt of a lock against which the key presses in sliding the bolt.
3. the cards left over after the deal.
[1350–1400; Middle English taloun < Anglo-French; Old French talon < Vulgar Latin *tālōnem, acc. of *tālō, for Latin tālus heel]
tal′oned, adj.

tal·on

(tăl′ən)
A sharp, curved claw on the foot of a bird or other animal such as a lizard, used for seizing and tearing prey.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.talon - a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of preytalon - a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
bird's foot - the foot of a bird
claw - sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
Translations
pařát
klo
kynsi
kló
nags
yırtıcı kuş pençesi

talon

[ˈtælən] Ngarra f

talon

[ˈtælən] n [bird of prey] → serre f

talon

nKralle f, → Klaue f; (fig, of person) → Kralle f

talon

[ˈtælən] nartiglio

talon

(ˈtӕlən) noun
the claw of a bird of prey.

tal·on

n. talón, parte posterior de un diente molar.
References in classic literature ?
AN EAGLE, flying down from his perch on a lofty rock, seized upon a lamb and carried him aloft in his talons.
As it came quite close to me I discovered that its strange movements, running its odd hands over the surface of the turf, were the result of its peculiar method of feeding, which consists in cropping off the tender vegetation with its razorlike talons and sucking it up from its two mouths, which lie one in the palm of each hand, through its arm-like throats.
He now thought only of tearing to ribbons with his powerful talons the flesh of his antagonist, of burying his long, yellow fangs in the soft, smooth hide of the ape-man, but Tarzan had fought before with clawed creatures of the jungle.
His rifle flew from his grasp; he felt clawlike talons of great strength seize him beneath his arms and sweep him off his feet; and then the thing rose swiftly with him, so swiftly that his cap was blown from his head by the rush of air as he was borne rapidly upward into the inky sky and the cry of warning to his companions was forced back into his lungs.
In olden times an eagle swooped down upon the New England coast, and carried off an infant Indian in his talons.
In the man's hand was the hunting knife of his long-dead father--the weapon that had first given him his real ascendancy over the beasts of the jungle; but he hoped not to be forced to use it, knowing as he did that more jungle battles were settled by hideous growling than by actual combat, the law of bluff holding quite as good in the jungle as elsewhere--only in matters of love and food did the great beasts ordinarily close with fangs and talons.
The beasts, liberated from the confinement of the hold, wandered about the deck, not a little to the discomfiture of the crew in whose minds there remained a still vivid picture of the savagery of the beasts in conflict with those who had gone to their deaths beneath the fangs and talons which even now seemed itching for the soft flesh of further prey.
Presently it tried the strength of the lattice with its great talons.
Rolling over and over upon the turf the two battled with demoniac fury, until the colossal cat, by doubling his hind paws far up beneath his belly sank his talons deep into Taglat's chest, then, ripping downward with all his strength, Numa accomplished his design, and the disemboweled anthropoid, with a last spasmodic struggle, relaxed in limp and bloody dissolution beneath his titanic adversary.
The rhinoceros fights with the elephant, and transfixing him with his horn carries him off upon his head, but becoming blinded with the blood of his enemy, he falls helpless to the ground, and then comes the roc, and clutches them both up in his talons and takes them to feed his young.
They had fierce eyes and sharp talons and beaks, and the children hoped none of them would venture into the cavern.
The tiger was now upon the bull's broad back, clinging to the huge neck with powerful fangs while its long, strong talons ripped the heavy hide into shreds and ribbons.