Definition of talon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtalən/


1A claw, especially one belonging to a bird of prey.
Example sentences
  • Another loophole would permit hounds to drive hares into the talons of birds of prey.
  • They often carry their prey in their bill, unlike other birds of prey that carry their prey in their talons.
  • Unlike birds of prey, the talons of Old World vultures are relatively weak and unsuitable as weapons of attack.
2The part of a bolt against which the key presses to slide it in a lock.
Example sentences
  • In such locks, lever steps on a key bit engage the lever tumblers and a bolt step on the key bit engages a bolt talon for moving the bolt.
  • Another introduction of his was the use of the revolving barrel which carries on it the bolt talon, so that the force to move the bolt in and out comes from the whole web of the key bit and not by a separate lower bolt step.
3(In various card games) the cards that have not yet been dealt.
Example sentences
  • If a spade is turned it is put back in the middle of the talon and the next card is turned up for trumps.
  • A basic turn consists of drawing the top card of the talon and placing it face up on the top of your stack.
  • At any stage in the deal 2 excess cards are dealt face down to the table as a talon.



Pronunciation: /ˈtalənd/
Example sentences
  • But on this island, a small group of ambitious real estate agents can disrupt communities and tantalize foolish landlords into untenable positions with the snap of taloned fingers.
  • And now they both broke down and sobbed aloud without a pause, like birds bereaved, like the sea eagle or taloned vulture, when villages have robbed the nests of their unfledged young.
  • Long, spindly, red legs ending in long toed, taloned feet stretch up from the ground, meeting the bird's downy underplumage a couple feet above the sand.


Late Middle English (denoting any heellike part or object): from Old French, literally 'heel', from Latin talus 'ankle bone, heel'.

Words that rhyme with talon

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Syllabification: tal·on

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