[ shahrp-shind ]
/ ˈʃɑrpˌʃɪnd /
a North American hawk, Accipiter striatus, having extremely slender legs, a bluish-gray back, and a white, rusty-barred breast.
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Origin of sharp-shinned hawk
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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