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 for Falco peregrinus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Peregrine \Per"e*grine\ (p[e^]r"[-e]*gr[i^]n; 277), a. [L.
     peregrinus. See Pilgrim.]
     Foreign; not native; extrinsic or from without; exotic.
     [Spelt also pelegrine.] "Peregrine and preternatural heat."
     [1913 Webster]
     Peregrine falcon (Zool.), a courageous and swift falcon
        ({Falco peregrinus), remarkable for its wide distribution
        over all the continents. The adult plumage is dark bluish
        ash on the back, nearly black on the head and cheeks,
        white beneath, barred with black below the throat. Called
        also peregrine hawk, duck hawk, game hawk, and
        great-footed hawk.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Falcon \Fal"con\, n. [OE. faucon, faucoun, OF. faucon, falcon,
     ?. faucon, fr. LL. falco, perh. from L. falx, falcis, a
     sickle or scythe, and named from its curving talons. Cf.
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) One of a family ({Falconid[ae]) of raptorial birds,
            characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws,
            and powerful flight.
        (b) 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.
            [1913 Webster]
                  In the language of falconry, the female
                  peregrine ({Falco peregrinus) is exclusively
                  called the falcon.                --Yarrell.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. (Gun.) An ancient form of cannon.
        [1913 Webster]
     Chanting falcon. (Zool.) See under Chanting.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  falcon-gentil \fal"con-gen`til\, falcon-gentle \falcon-gentle\,
     n. [F. faucon-gentil. See Falcon, and Genteel.]
     1. (Zool.) any female falcon; especially 
     2. (Zool.) a female peregrine falcon ({Falco peregrinus).
     Syn: falcon-gentil.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     3. (Zool.) The female or young of the goshawk ({Accipiter
        gentilis, formerly Astur palumbarius).
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Falco peregrinus
      n 1: a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry [syn:
           peregrine, peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus]

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