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 (pĕr′ə-grĭn, -grēn′)
A peregrine falcon.
1. Roving or wandering.
2. Archaic Foreign; alien.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin peregrīnus, wandering, pilgrim, from Latin, foreigner, from pereger, being abroad : per-, through; see per- + ager, land; see agro- in Indo-European roots.]


1. coming from abroad
2. travelling or migratory; wandering
[C14: from Latin peregrīnus foreign, from pereger being abroad, from per through + ager land (that is, beyond one's own land)]


(ˈpɛr ɪ grɪn, -ˌgrin, -ˌgraɪn)

1. wandering, traveling, or migrating.
2. foreign; alien; coming from abroad.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin peregrīnus foreign, derivative of peregrē abroad =per- per- + -egr-, comb. form of ager field + adv. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peregrine - a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconryperegrine - a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
falcon-gentil, falcon-gentle - female falcon especially a female peregrine falcon
Adj.1.peregrine - migratory; "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering tribes"
unsettled - not settled or established; "an unsettled lifestyle"


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B. CPD peregrine falcon Nhalcón m peregrino

peregrine (falcon)

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[ˈpɛrɪgrɪn] peregrine falcon nfalco pellegrino
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Its shrill and piercing cries drew all eyes upon it, and, as it came nearer, a dark spot which circled above it resolved itself into a peregrine falcon, which hovered over its head, poising itself from time to time, and watching its chance of closing with its clumsy quarry.
There have however never been more peregrines in the country than their are today.
Like all birds of prey, peregrines are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The new peregrines at both bridges should be ready to leave the nest in another few weeks.
Katy van Woerdekom, RSPB area manager for Manchester, said: "Peregrines can reach speeds of over 200mph, making them the fastest animals on the planet.
A TALK entitled Peregrines in the Midlands: their rise and rise is taking place in Loughborough on Friday, February 8, at 7.45pm.
Following the banning of DDT and the successful reintroduction of captive-bred peregrines, wild populations were observed to rebound (White et al., 2002).
Peregrines were known to breed in Greenland when declines were being reported throughout the United States and Canada (Salomonsen, 1950-51), and it was thought that the island's remoteness might have protected the population to some degree from the factors lowering reproductive success elsewhere.
Peregrines are settling in cities A LETTER of ornithological interest appeared in the Mail recently submitted by RSPB expert Tim Webb after a story covered by the Mail columnist Mike Lockley which centred around two talon-locked peregrine falcons, plummeting from the sky.