hen hawk

Origin of hen hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

Words Nearby hen hawk

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How to use hen hawk in a sentence

  • I knew that old hen-hawk meant trouble for me—and the trouble came, all right.

    The Prairie Wife | Arthur Stringer
  • I spent an hour to-day trying to shoot a hen-hawk that's been hovering about the shack all afternoon.

    The Prairie Wife | Arthur Stringer
  • We discovered a hen-hawk's nest on the top of a tall oak thirty or forty rods from the shanty and approached it cautiously.

  • There's a certain Walter Butler in this town, arrived like a hen-hawk from the clouds, and peep!

    The Reckoning | Robert W. Chambers
  • Indeed, seen walking at a distance, he looks like our Bobolink expanded to the size of a large hen-hawk.