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marsh hawk

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noun
  1. northern harrier.

Origin of marsh hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for marsh hawk

Historical Examples

  • The one in question, Lucien said, was the “marsh-hawk,” sometimes also called the “hen-harrier” (Falco uliginosus).

    The Young Voyageurs

    Mayne Reid

  • She had entered into noisome places, but so had the marsh-hawk poising grandly on motionless wing there above.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • It was not the precious nest, however, nor the owners of the nest, on which the fierce eyes of the marsh-hawk had fallen.

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • But the marsh-hawk was still hunting lazily at the other side of the field, and no tragedy followed the childishness.

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The one in question, Lucien said, was the “marsh-hawk,” sometimes also called the “hen-harrier.”


British Dictionary definitions for marsh hawk

marsh hawk

noun
  1. another name for marsh harrier (def. 2)
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