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