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pigeon hawk

noun
  1. merlin.
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Origin of pigeon hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for pigeon hawk

Historical Examples

  • When you've never seen 'em before, how are you goin' to tell but what they're some kin to an owl, a pigeon-hawk, or a crow?

    The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine

    Frank R. Stockton

  • Two near relatives, inhabiting both the old and the new worlds, are the pigeon-hawk and sparrow-hawk.


British Dictionary definitions for pigeon hawk

pigeon hawk

noun
  1. the North American variety of the merlin
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