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sparrow hawk

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noun

a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.

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Origin of sparrow hawk

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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British Dictionary definitions for sparrow hawk (1 of 2)

sparrowhawk
/ (ˈspærəʊˌhɔːk) /

noun

any of several small hawks, esp Accipiter nisus, of Eurasia and N Africa that prey on smaller birds

British Dictionary definitions for sparrow hawk (2 of 2)

sparrow hawk

noun

a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels
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