sparrow hawk

noun

: any of various small hawks: such as
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: an Old World accipiter (Accipiter nisus) that is dark gray to blackish above with the female having a grayish-brown barred underside and the male having a chestnut barred underside

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Examples of sparrow hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, in the Netherlands, the Eurasian sparrow hawk has been late for dinner because its prey, the blue tit, has -- over 16 years -- arrived almost six days earlier than the hawk. CBS News, 17 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sparrow hawk was in the 15th century

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“Sparrow hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sparrow%20hawk. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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sparrow hawk

noun
: any of various small hawks

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