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A swift-flying bird of prey (Falco peregrinus) having gray and white plumage. It is found worldwide and is much used in falconry. Also called duck hawk.
[Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin falcō peregrīnus (so called because they were caught in passage rather than taken from the nest as were eyas falcons).]
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(Animals) a falcon, Falco peregrinus, occurring in most parts of the world, having a dark plumage on the back and wings and lighter underparts. See also duck hawk
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a cosmopolitan falcon, Falco peregrinus, that feeds on birds taken in flight.
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|Noun||1.||peregrine falcon - a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry|
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
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