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mosquito hawk

nighthawk (def 1).
Chiefly Southern U.S.. Also called skeeter hawk. dragonfly (def 1).
Origin of mosquito hawk
An Americanism dating back to 1700-10; so called because it feeds on nocturnal insects such as mosquitoes
Regional variation note
2. See dragonfly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This sign signifies the mosquito hawk or the dragon fly (fig. 320).

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson
  • From the starlit sky above fell the shrill cry of the mosquito hawk, "peepeegeeceese, peepeegeeceese!"

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
British Dictionary definitions for mosquito hawk

mosquito hawk

another name for nighthawk (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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