a swift falcon (Falco peregrinus) of nearly worldwide distribution, much used in falconry
Origin of peregrine falcontranslated, translation of Classical Latin falco peregrinus
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 .
Origin of peregrine falconMiddle 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 )
(plural peregrine falcons)
- attributive form of peregrine falcon, noun.
- peregrine-falcon bait