goshawk

[gos-hawk]
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noun

any of several powerful, short-winged hawks, as Accipiter gentilis, of Europe and America, formerly much used in falconry.

Nearby words

  1. gorton,
  2. gory,
  3. gorzów wielkopolski,
  4. gosala,
  5. gosh,
  6. goshen,
  7. goslar,
  8. gosling,
  9. gosmore,
  10. gospel

Origin of goshawk

before 1000; Middle English goshauk, Old English gōshafoc. See goose, hawk1

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British Dictionary definitions for goshawk

goshawk

noun

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

goshawk

n.

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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