sharp-shinned hawk

[shahrp-shind]

noun

a North American hawk, Accipiter striatus, having extremely slender legs, a bluish-gray back, and a white, rusty-barred breast.

Origin of sharp-shinned hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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