mosquito hawk


noun

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

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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 for mosquito hawk

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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