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Originally, it denoted bird claws, now it labels a sudden attacks. What one-syllable word is it?

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Answer: pounce

The word pounce means "to suddenly seize." It derives from the Middle English pownse , hawk's claws. Note: in falconry, the talon is the heel claw and the other claws are called pounces.

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