Definition of peregrine in English:


Syllabification: per·e·grine
Pronunciation: /ˈperəgrin


(also peregrine falcon)
  • A powerful falcon found on most continents, breeding chiefly on mountains and coastal cliffs and much used for falconry.
    [translating the modern Latin taxonomic name, literally 'pilgrim falcon', because the bird was caught full-grown as a passage hawk, not taken from the nest]
    • Falco peregrinus, family Falconidae
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    • Boasting buzzards, merlins, kestrels, peregrines, and ospreys, the county has ten of a total UK species of 15-making it one of the nation's key habitats.
    • And there are more raptors about: falcons, peregrines, sparrowhawks.
    • Raptors - particularly buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrines - are in abundance in the Scottish countryside.


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  • Coming from another country; foreign or outlandish: peregrine species of grass


late Middle English: from Latin peregrinus 'foreign', from peregre 'abroad', from per- 'through' + ager 'field'.

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