noun kes·trel \ˈkes-trəl\

Definition of KESTREL

:  any of various small chiefly Old World falcons (genus Falco) that usually hover in the air while searching for prey: as
a :  a common Eurasian falcon (F. tinnunculus)
b :  an American falcon (F. sparverius) having a reddish-brown back and tail and bluish-gray wings

Origin of KESTREL

Middle English castrel, from Middle French crecerelle, from crecelle rattle; from its cry
First Known Use: 15th century


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