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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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  • Marsh lands please me best, and so I am called the marsh hawk.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • 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
  • 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
  • A much bigger splashing drew me quietly through the bushes to find a marsh hawk giving himself a Christmas souse.


    Dallas Lore Sharp
  • 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.

  • As they circled, both of them showed a snowy patch over the rump, the field-mark of the marsh hawk.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The marsh hawk, sailing low over the meadow, is already seeking the first slimy life that awakes.

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

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • Next a marsh hawk in brown plumage comes skimming over the grass.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • 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
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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