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sparrow hawk

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noun
  1. a small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
  2. American kestrel.
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Origin of sparrow hawk

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for sparrowhawk

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Knox has an interesting anecdote of a sparrowhawk at Burton.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

    E.V. Lucas

  • Now the first who went to take the hand of the woman was Sparrowhawk.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

  • Sparrowhawk made a gesture of delight at this unexpected success.

    The Prairie Flower

    Gustave Aimard

  • There was a lengthened silence; Sparrowhawk was the first to break it.

    The Prairie Flower

    Gustave Aimard

  • Let the Bounding Panther and the Sparrowhawk be introduced to our presence.

    The Prairie Flower

    Gustave Aimard


British Dictionary definitions for sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk

noun
  1. any of several small hawks, esp Accipiter nisus, of Eurasia and N Africa that prey on smaller birds
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sparrow hawk

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