- the claw of a bird of prey or, sometimes, of an animal
- a human finger or hand when like a claw in appearance or grasp
- the part of the bolt of a lock upon which the key presses as it is turned
- in games of solitaire, the cards laid aside either as unplayable discards or for possible use later
- stock ()
- Archit. an ogee molding
Origin of talonME, talon, claw ; from OFr, heel, spur ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form talo ; from Classical Latin talus, ankle
- a. The claw of a bird of prey.b. The similar claw of a predatory animal.
- Something similar to or suggestive of an animal's claw.
- The part of a lock that the key presses in order to shoot the bolt.
- Games The part of the deck of cards in certain card games left on the table after the deal.
- Architecture An ogee molding.
Origin of talonMiddle English taloun, from Old French talon, heel, from Vulgar Latin *tal&omacron;, tal&omacron;n-, from Latin talus, ankle.
- A sharp, hooked claw of a bird of prey or other predatory animal.
- (zoology) One of certain small prominences on the hind part of the face of an elephant's tooth.
- (architecture) A kind of moulding, concave at the bottom and convex at the top; an ogee. (When the concave part is at the top, it is called an inverted talon.)
- The shoulder of the bolt of a lock on which the key acts to shoot the bolt.
- In the card game bezique, the remaining stock of undealt cards.
From Old French talon (“heel, spur").