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Comment by Sigurdur Aegisson on September 26th, 2008 at 7:09 am

This is new to me:

“The word falcon comes from their Latin name falco, related to Latin falx (“sickle”) because of the shape of these birds’ wings. Technically a falcon’s wings are shaped more like a scythe than a sickle. Common misconceptions of the difference of a scythe and sickle are the cause of the misconception of the shape of the falcon’s wings.”

What’s the name of the source? I’m asking, because “falco” is by most authorities thought to be connected with the Latin falx, genitive falcis („sicle“), stem falc-, after the hooked shape of the talons and/or the beak, meaning „sicle-bearer“.


Comment by Rick on September 30th, 2008 at 11:38 am

Thank you Sigurdur Aegisson. We have made changes based on your very helpful recommendation. Please see the changes in the article, and see if this is sufficient.


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