- a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
- American kestrel.
Origin of sparrow hawk
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for sparrow hawk
And with his bundle of belongings on his shoulder, he hurried off to where the Sparrow-hawk lay.
There is not a trawler in the North Sea catches more fish than the Sparrow-hawk.
It is because he has won the prize so often that he is called the Sparrow-hawk.King Arthur and His Knights
Maude L. Radford
My idea is, to send out the Sparrow-Hawk, being so fast a sailer.
Captain Irving recognised the Sparrow-Hawk, and immediately came on board.
- a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels
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