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marsh hawk

Origin of marsh hawk
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The marsh hawk, sailing low over the meadow, is already seeking the first slimy life that awakes.

  • And in the crystal clear air overhead, swept clean of all city soot, soared a marsh hawk or two and an osprey.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • Next a marsh hawk in brown plumage comes skimming over the grass.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • As they circled, both of them showed a snowy patch over the rump, the field-mark of the marsh hawk.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • A much bigger splashing drew me quietly through the bushes to find a marsh hawk giving himself a Christmas souse.

    Winter Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The marsh hawk is on the wing again, and while looking at him I descry a second hawk, too far away to be made out.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • Day after day and week after week as I look through the big, open barn door I see a marsh hawk beating about low over the fields.

  • The marsh hawk comes nearer, and I see the strong yellow tinge of his plumage, especially underneath.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • The marsh hawk was nineteen inches in length, with a long tail, pointed wings, and Owl-like face.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • The other Hawks are of great value, one of which, the marsh hawk, being regarded as perhaps more useful than any other.

British Dictionary definitions for marsh hawk

marsh hawk

another name for marsh harrier (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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