- The sport of hunting by using trained birds of prey, especially falcons and hawks.
- 1854, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods:
- ...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.
sport of hunting by using trained birds of prey