puttock

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps representing an unattested Old English *putta (hawk). Compare pout (a young bird), poult.

Noun[edit]

puttock (plural puttocks)

  1. (now UK regional) Any of several birds of prey including the red kite, buzzard or marsh harrier
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xi:
      Some like to hounds, some like to Apes, dismayd, / Some like to Puttockes, all in plumes arayd: / All shap't according their conditions []
  2. (nautical) The futtock

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