duck hawk


noun

a peregrine falcon of the American subspecies Falco peregrinus anatum, noted for its especially swift flight.

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Origin of duck hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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Example sentences from the Web for duck hawk

  • The duck-hawk is fond of clefts, and migrates along the seacoast.

    Manual of Taxidermy|Charles Johnson Maynard
  • The duck-hawk was fairly aching with the desire to attack someone or something which was not protected by thunder and lightning.

    Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for duck hawk

duck hawk

noun

a variety of peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, occurring in North America
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