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duck hawk

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noun
  1. a peregrine falcon of the American subspecies Falco peregrinus anatum, noted for its especially swift flight.

Origin of duck hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for duck hawk

Historical Examples

  • The duck-hawk is fond of clefts, and migrates along the seacoast.

    Manual of Taxidermy

    Charles Johnson Maynard

  • The duck-hawk was fairly aching with the desire to attack someone or something which was not protected by thunder and lightning.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville


British Dictionary definitions for duck hawk

duck hawk

noun
  1. a variety of peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, occurring in North America
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