any of several powerful, short-winged hawks, as Accipiter gentilis, of Europe and America, formerly much used in falconry.
Origin of goshawk
before 1000; Middle English goshauk, Old English gōshafoc.
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Examples from the Web for goshawk
Historical Examples of goshawk
A goshawk is a goose hawk, so called from its preying on poultry.
There were two things, however, about which nobody on board the Goshawk was thinking.
It was of larger size than the British bunting displayed by the Goshawk.
She had barely escaped paying dearly for her pursuit of the Goshawk.
“I can get on board,” he said, as if his patient quadruped had been the Goshawk.
British Dictionary definitions for goshawk
a large hawk, Accipiter gentilis, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having a bluish-grey back and wings and paler underparts: used in falconry
Word Origin for goshawk
Old English gōshafoc; see goose 1, hawk 1
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Word Origin and History for goshawk
Old English goshafoc, literally "goose-hawk," from gos "goose" (see goose (n.)) + hafoc "hawk" (see hawk (n.)). Cf. Old Norse gashaukr.
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