mosquito hawk


noun

Chiefly Southern U.S. Also called skeeter hawk. dragonfly(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. mosquito boat,
  2. mosquito coast,
  3. mosquito fleet,
  4. mosquito fly,
  5. mosquito forceps,
  6. mosquito net,
  7. mosquito netting,
  8. mosquitofish,
  9. moss,
  10. moss agate

Origin of mosquito hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; so called because it feeds on nocturnal insects such as mosquitoes

Regional variation note

2. See dragonfly.

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British Dictionary definitions for mosquito hawk

mosquito hawk

noun

another name for nighthawk (def. 1)
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