Definition of peregrine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈperɪɡrɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈperɪɡrɪn//
(also peregrine falcon) Birds
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a grey and white bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food) that can be trained to hunt for sport See related entries: Birds Word Originlate 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peregrine