Goshawk Definition

gŏshôk
goshawks
noun
goshawks
A large, swift, powerful hawk (Accipiter gentilis) with short wings and a long, rounded tail.
Webster's New World
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Noun

Singular:
goshawk
Plural:
goshawks

Origin of Goshawk

  • From Old English gōshafoc (“goose hawk”), from gōs (“goose”) and hafoc (“hawk”). Compare also Old Norse gáshaukr and Late Middle English gosling. The bird gets its name from the fact that the species are hawks that were alleged to prey on geese.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English goshauk from Old English gōshafoc gōs goose goose hafoc hawk hawk1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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