Definition of peregrine in English:

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peregrine

Pronunciation: /ˈpɛrɪɡrɪn/

noun

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(also peregrine falcon) A powerful falcon found on most continents, breeding chiefly on mountains and coastal cliffs and much used for falconry.
  • Falco peregrinus, family Falconidae.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

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

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin peregrinus 'foreign', from peregre 'abroad', from per- 'through' + ager 'field'. The falcon's name is a translation of the modern Latin taxonomic name, literally 'pilgrim falcon', because falconers' birds were caught fully grown on migration, not taken from the nest.

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