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rough-legged hawk

[ruhf-leg-id, -legd]
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noun
  1. a large hawk, Buteo lagopus, of the Northern Hemisphere, that feeds chiefly on small rodents.

Origin of rough-legged hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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