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Meaning of sparrow hawk by Wiktionary Dictionary

sparrow hawk

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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” ) .

    sparrow hawk
    American kestrel


    sparrow hawk ( plural: sparrow hawks )

    1. A species of small falcon, Falco sparverius, that preys grasshoppers and small mammals .
    2. A small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds .


    Eurasian sparrow hawk

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    See also

    • American kestrel on Wikipedia .
    • Sparrow hawk on Wikipedia .
    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Falco sparverius on Wikispecies.
    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Accipiter nisus on Wikispecies.
    • Commons-logo.svg Falco sparverius on Wikimedia Commons.
    • Commons-logo.svg Accipiter nisus on Wikimedia Commons.

    See also

    • “sparrow hawk” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000 .
    • “sparrow hawk” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006 .
    • "sparrow hawk" in WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2006 .


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/03/16 01:06 UTC Version )


    sparrowhawk ( plural: sparrowhawks )

    1. Alternative form of sparrow hawk .

Explanation of sparrow hawk by Wordnet Dictionary

sparrow hawk

    1. small hawk of Eurasia and northern Africa

    2. small North American falcon