1. (Science: ornithology) One of a family (Falconidae) of raptorial birds, characterised by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight. Any species of the genus Falco, distinguished by having a toothlike lobe on the upper mandible; especially, one of this genus trained to the pursuit of other birds, or game. In the language of falconry, the female peregrine (Falco peregrinus) is exclusively called the falcon. (Yarrell)
(Science: zoology) see Chanting.