windhover

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English[edit]

The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) or windhover is so called because of the way it flies

Etymology[edit]

From wind +‎ hover, due to the bird’s habit of hovering by beating the wind with its wings; compare the earlier word windfucker.[1]

Noun[edit]

windhover (plural windhovers)

  1. (Britain) The common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). [from 1674.]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ windhover” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

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