EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TALONS
But once there she was beyond his reach, at safety from the talons of the French Republic.
An eagle holding in its talons a serpent is an emblem well known today.
Lancaster clasped Rakkan's talons without caring that it was a Martian.
I counted off on my talons to see if I had forgotten anything.
He trimmed the talons of princes while their defenders were absent.
He had but one eye, his teeth were long and sharp, and his nails like the talons of a bird.
A Hawk observed it, and, pouncing upon it with his talons, carried it aloft.
Well, I have often caught and carried away an ostrich in my talons.
Blood dripped from the human figure gripped in the creature's talons.
She trembled in his manly embrace, as the dove trembles in the talons of the eagle.
c.1400, talounz "claws of a bird or beast," probably originally from Old French talon "heel or hinder part of the foot of a beast, or of a man, or of a shoe," from Medieval Latin talonem "heel," from Latin talus "ankle" (see talus (1)). "The extension to birds of prey, and subsequent stages, are peculiar to English" [OED].