[ ruhf-leg-id, -legd ]
/ ˈrʌfˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd /
a large hawk, Buteo lagopus, of the Northern Hemisphere, that feeds chiefly on small rodents.
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- rough-legged buzzard,
- rough-winged swallow,
Origin of rough-legged hawk
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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