goshawk

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English[edit]

A northern goshawk
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English goshauk, from Old English gōsheafoc (goose hawk), from gōs (goose) and hafoc (hawk). Compare also Old Norse gáshaukr and Late Middle English gosling. The bird gets its name from the fact that the birds of the species are hawks that were alleged to prey on geese.

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goshawk (plural goshawks)

  1. Any of several birds of prey, principally in the genus, Accipiter.

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