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mosquito hawk

noun

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


mosquito hawk

noun

  1. another name for nighthawk


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Word History and Origins

Origin of mosquito hawk1

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

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Example Sentences

This sign signifies the mosquito hawk or the dragon fly (fig. 320).

From the starlit sky above fell the shrill cry of the mosquito hawk, "peepeegeeceese, peepeegeeceese!"

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