noun \ˈgäs-ˌhk\

Definition of GOSHAWK

:  any of several long-tailed hawks with short rounded wings; especially :  a large accipiter (Accipiter gentilis) of the northern hemisphere that is grayish-blue above with a barred white-and-gray underside and has a white stripe above and behind the eye

Origin of GOSHAWK

Middle English goshawke, from Old English gōshafoc, from gōs goose + hafoc hawk
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis).—Karl H. Maslowski

Any of the more powerful accipiters (hawks in the genus Accipiter), primarily short-winged, forest-dwelling bird catchers. Best known is the northern goshawk, which reaches about 2 ft (60 cm) in length with a 4.3-ft (1.3-m) wingspread and has finely barred gray plumage. Long used for falconry, the goshawk takes game as large as foxes and grouse. In the wild it lives in temperate to northern forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere, though it has become rare in the British Isles and is declining in North America. Several other species are found in the Southern Hemisphere.


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