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sparrow hawk

a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
Origin of sparrow hawk
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “And scared him fit to die before she could get him to come along,” sparrowhawk observed.

    Adventure Jack London
  • Mr. Knox has an interesting anecdote of a sparrowhawk at Burton.

  • All at once a vague form stood out from the top of the fort, and the cry of the sparrowhawk echoed through the air.

    The Trappers of Arkansas Gustave Aimard
  • Now the first who went to take the hand of the woman was sparrowhawk.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • He was once severely handled by a sparrowhawk, and often he was chased and worried by kingbirds.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Let the Bounding Panther and the sparrowhawk be introduced to our presence.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • sparrowhawk made a gesture of delight at this unexpected success.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • There was a lengthened silence; sparrowhawk was the first to break it.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • This time the note of the sparrowhawk was mingled almost instantaneously with that of the jay.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • The sparrowhawk of the ornithologist is much feared by small birds.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
British Dictionary definitions for sparrowhawk


any of several small hawks, esp Accipiter nisus, of Eurasia and N Africa that prey on smaller birds

sparrow hawk

a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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