goshawk

noun
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

Examples of goshawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jezebel, the goshawk, ended up contracting a host of bacterial and fungal infections, and Swanson also got sick himself. New York Times, 23 June 2022 Also at risk are rare species including northern goshawk, western toads, northern red legged frogs and brown bats. Lynda V. Mapes, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 In Berkshire County, there was an acadian flycatcher and a Northern goshawk at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield, a clay-colored sparrow at the Moran Wildlife Area in Windsor, and a continuing hooded warbler in New Marlborough. BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2021 Additionally, the lack of normal goshawk activity led me to believe that the ptarmigan population is indeed low. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 One had been hit by a goshawk and was struggling; the other only lasted a day or so before the hawk came back and took it. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 In some ways, the robo-hawk is a lot like a real northern goshawk. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 28 Oct. 2020 Their creation was inspired by a real bird called the northern goshawk. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 28 Oct. 2020 Centering on her grief over her father’s unexpected death and her relationship with a goshawk named Mabel, the book won the Samuel Johnson Award and was the Costa Book of the Year and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Carnegie Medal and others. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 30 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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“Goshawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goshawk. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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