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goshawk

[gos-hawk]
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noun
  1. any of several powerful, short-winged hawks, as Accipiter gentilis, of Europe and America, formerly much used in falconry.
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Origin of goshawk

before 1000; Middle English goshauk, Old English gōshafoc. See goose, hawk1
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  • A goshawk is a goose hawk, so called from its preying on poultry.

    The Romance of Words (4th ed.)

    Ernest Weekley

  • There were two things, however, about which nobody on board the Goshawk was thinking.

    Ahead of the Army

    W. O. Stoddard

  • It was of larger size than the British bunting displayed by the Goshawk.

    Ahead of the Army

    W. O. Stoddard

  • She had barely escaped paying dearly for her pursuit of the Goshawk.

    Ahead of the Army

    W. O. Stoddard

  • “I can get on board,” he said, as if his patient quadruped had been the Goshawk.

    Ahead of the Army

    W. O. Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for goshawk

goshawk

noun
  1. a large hawk, Accipiter gentilis, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having a bluish-grey back and wings and paler underparts: used in falconry
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Word Origin

Old English gōshafoc; see goose 1, hawk 1
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Word Origin and History for 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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