Goshawk meaning

gŏshôk
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Any of several large, powerful accipiters, especially the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), having broad rounded wings and a long tail.
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A large, swift, powerful hawk (Accipiter gentilis) with short wings and a long, rounded tail.
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Any of several birds of prey, principally in the genus, Accipiter.
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Origin of goshawk

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

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

  • 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