windhover

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English[edit]

So-called because of flying style

Etymology[edit]

wind +‎ hover, due to this bird’s habit of beating the wind (hovering), compare earlier windfucker.[1] First recorded 1674.

Noun[edit]

windhover (plural windhovers)

  1. (UK) The common kestrel.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ windhover” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).