Sparrow-hawk meaning

Any of several small hawks that have short, broad wings and prey on sparrows and other small birds, especially the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.
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Any of certain Eurasian hawks; esp., a small hawk (Accipiter nisus) with short, rounded wings.
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A species of small falcon, Falco sparverius, that preys on grasshoppers and small mammals.
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A small, short-winged European hawk, Accipiter nisus, that preys on smaller birds.
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Origin of sparrow-hawk

  • From Middle English sparhauk, sperhauk, from Old English spearhafoc, spearhabuc (“sparrow-hawk"), equivalent to sparrow +"Ž hawk. Cognate with Danish spurvehøg (“sparrowhawk"), Swedish sparvhök (“sparrowhawk"), Icelandic sparrhaukur (“sparrowhawk").
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