sparrowhawk

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From Middle English sparhauk, sperhauk, from Old English spearhafoc, spearhabuc (sparrow-hawk), equivalent to sparrow +‎ hawk. Cognate with Danish spurvehøg (sparrowhawk), Swedish sparvhök (sparrowhawk), Icelandic sparrhaukur (sparrowhawk).

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sparrowhawk (plural sparrowhawks)

  1. The Eurasian sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, a small, short-winged European hawk that preys on smaller birds.
  2. Any of numerous other species of Accipiter, that prey on smaller birds or otherwise resemble A. nisus.
  3. Alternative form of sparrow hawk; the American kestrel, Falco sparverius.

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