[per-i-grin, -green, -grahyn]
White, Peregrine, 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.
or duck hawk

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Falcon species (Falco peregrinus) found worldwide but rare today because of bioaccumulation of pesticides. Peregrines are 13–19 in. (33–48 cm) long and gray above, with black-barred whitish underparts. They fly high and dive at tremendous speed (up to 175 mph, or 280 kph—the greatest speeds attained by any bird), striking with clenched talons and killing by impact. They usually nest in a scrape on a high cliff ledge near water, where bird prey is plentiful. Breeding programs have reintroduced the species into the wild and introduced it into urban areas, where it finds a clifflike habitat among skyscrapers and preys chiefly on the rock dove (see pigeon). Despite the programs' success, the species remains vulnerable.

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Peregrine can refer to several things. Its primary use is the name of bird of prey, the Peregrine Falcon. "Peregrine" (from the Latin peregrinus) is a given (first or Christian) name which means "wanderer". Uses of Peregrine and its forms include:

Natural world


With Peregrine, Peregrin, Peregrino or Peregrinus as first name:

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  • Petrus Peregrinus = Peter of Maricourt, 13th-century French writer on magnetism and astrolabes.


  • Peregrin Took, a hobbit from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Peregrine (Wild Cards), a superhero from the Wild Cards book series
  • Peregrine (comics), a superhero from Marvel Comics
  • Peregrine Pickle, protagonist of The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle novel by Tobias Smollett
  • The Peregrin, a science fiction short story by Poul Anderson from The Psychotechnic League series
  • Peregrines, a short story by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • James Peregrine Lester, a character in ITV science fiction TV series Primeval
  • King Peregrin, a character in the MediEvil series of video games
  • Sir Walter Peregrine, a character from The Example stage comedy by James Shirley
  • Peregrine Family, characters from The Taming and The Conquest novels by Jude Deveraux
  • Peregrine Hazard, a flighty character from Angela Carter's book Wise Children
  • The Peregrine, a 1967 work of nature writing by J.A. (John Alec) Baker
  • Peregrine's Tale (AKA The Turtle Boy: Peregrine's Tale), a sequel/prequel to Kealan Patrick Burke's award winning Turtle Boy series





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