duck hawk

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

Origin of duck hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

Words Nearby duck hawk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use duck hawk in a sentence

  • As the Peregrine of falconry we know of the duck hawk as a fearless, dashing hunter of greater power of wing and talon.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman
  • A blackish patch on the sides of the throat, similar to that of the duck hawk.

    Bird Guide | Chester A. Reed
  • The duck-hawk is fond of clefts, and migrates along the seacoast.

    Manual of Taxidermy | Charles Johnson Maynard
  • The nesting habits and the eggs are precisely like those of the duck hawk.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
  • Above brownish black, much paler and never with the slaty color of the duck hawk; below streaked or spotted with blackish brown.

    Bird Guide | Chester A. Reed

British Dictionary definitions for duck hawk

duck hawk

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

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