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hen hawk

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noun
  1. chicken hawk(def 1).
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Origin of hen hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for hen hawk

Historical Examples

  • He is nearly as large as the hen-hawk, but has a much longer tail.

    Bird Stories from Burroughs

    John Burroughs

  • Of the hen-hawk he has observed that both the male and female take part in incubation.

  • That man's like a hen-hawk among the chickens, first he picks up one, and then he picks up another.

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • At the moment of writing these paragraphs, I saw a hen-hawk flap heavily by, pursued by a kingbird.

    Under the Maples

    John Burroughs

  • I'd ruther trust a hen-hawk with a flock of patridges than to trust Betsey Malcolm with your affairs.

    The End Of The World

    Edward Eggleston