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sparrow hawk

noun
1.
a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
Origin of sparrow hawk
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
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  • Mr. Knox has an interesting anecdote of a sparrowhawk at Burton.

  • Now the first who went to take the hand of the woman was sparrowhawk.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • 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
  • The sparrowhawk of the ornithologist is much feared by small birds.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • “And thinking we was going home with our recruits,” sparrowhawk slipped in.

    Adventure Jack London
  • Brahms takes charge of the Flibberty, and sparrowhawk of the Emily.

    Adventure Jack London
  • “And scared him fit to die before she could get him to come along,” sparrowhawk observed.

    Adventure Jack London
  • It is found already in Anglo-Saxon as a personal name, and the full sparrowhawk also exists.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
British Dictionary definitions for sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk

/ˈspærəʊˌhɔːk/
noun
1.
any of several small hawks, esp Accipiter nisus, of Eurasia and N Africa that prey on smaller birds

sparrow hawk

noun
1.
a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels
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