gos·​hawk | \ ˈgäs-ˌhȯk How to pronounce goshawk (audio) \

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

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A few years back, my friend Stephanie was walking in the woods near Walden Pond when a goshawk attacked her from a treetop and got tangled in her hair. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 20 Apr. 2018 Not surprisingly, the falcons were gone, but a goshawk came off the rocks next to the nest and spun off down canyon. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm weather, abundant rodents make for happy raptors," 9 Jan. 2018 As physicist and co-author Suzanne Amador Kane of Haverford College explains, goshawks predominately use two pursuit strategies. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt," 22 Jan. 2015 A large raptor flushed in deep woods — perhaps a goshawk? Murray Carpenter, New York Times, "Touring Maine’s Newest — and Largest — Parcel of Federal Land," 31 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of goshawk

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goshawk

Middle English goshawke, from Old English gōshafoc, from gōs goose + hafoc hawk

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