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 But the fire footprint includes designated critical habitat for two imperiled species, the Mexican spotted owl and the northern goshawk. Erin Stone, azcentral, "As Bush Fire becomes one of largest in Arizona history, water and wildlife at risk," 22 June 2020 Avian flu was diagnosed in a boy in Hong Kong; among canaries, chickens, ducks, geese, and pheasants in Baden-Württemberg; in a greater white-fronted goose in Brandenburg; and in a northern goshawk in Poland. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 25 May 2020 The cry of the distant goshawk, the rustle of flushing wings and the whistle of widgeon is our music. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A love affair sealed by dogs and duck hunts, and every bit as enduring and inspiring as the stuff of literature," 22 Feb. 2020 After a time, a goshawk came around and started picking them off. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Bird dogs and raptors seem to share an ancient connection," 8 Mar. 2020 Case documents show on May 26, 2017, Kitzman took from the wild a young female northern goshawk from a nest located on state land in Vilas County. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two falconers have been sentenced for trading a goshawk taken from Wisconsin public land and lying about their crime," 7 Mar. 2020 Kitzman also told Taylor to use a false cover story if ever asked by authorities about how the northern goshawk was taken and transferred. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two falconers have been sentenced for trading a goshawk taken from Wisconsin public land and lying about their crime," 7 Mar. 2020 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

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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