Origin of hen hawk
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for hen hawk
He is nearly as large as the hen-hawk, but has a much longer tail.Bird Stories from Burroughs
Of the hen-hawk he has observed that both the male and female take part in incubation.
That man's like a hen-hawk among the chickens, first he picks up one, and then he picks up another.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
At the moment of writing these paragraphs, I saw a hen-hawk flap heavily by, pursued by a kingbird.Under the Maples
I'd ruther trust a hen-hawk with a flock of patridges than to trust Betsey Malcolm with your affairs.The End Of The World