falconry

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Etymology[edit]

From French fauconnerie

Noun[edit]

falconry (uncountable)

  1. The sport of hunting by using trained birds of prey, especially falcons and hawks.
    • 1854: Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods [1]
      ...looking up, I observed a very slight and graceful hawk, like a night-hawk, alternately soaring like a ripple and tumbling a rod or two over and over, showing the underside of its wings, which gleamed like a satin ribbon in the sun, or like the pearly inside of a shell. This sight reminded me of falconry and what nobleness and poetry are associated with that sport.

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