sparrow hawk

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. sparky,
  2. sparling,
  3. sparoid,
  4. sparring partner,
  5. sparrow,
  6. sparrowfart,
  7. sparrowgrass,
  8. sparrowhawk,
  9. sparry,
  10. spars

Origin of sparrow hawk

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

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British Dictionary definitions for sparrow hawk

sparrow hawk

noun

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