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peregrine falcon

peregrine falcon Crow-sized, grey, black and white bird of prey. It inhabits craggy open country or rocky coastlines and marshes or estuaries. The largest breeding falcon in Britain, it flies swiftly with prolonged glides. Length: to 48cm (19in). Family Falconidae; species Falco peregrinus.

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White, Peregrine

Peregrine White, 1620–1704, first child born to English parents in New England. He was born on the Mayflower as she lay at anchor in Cape Cod Bay on Nov. 20. He became a citizen of Marshfield, Mass., and held minor offices.

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peregrine falcon

peregrine falcon: see falcon.

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