windhover
Kestrel Kes"trel (k[e^]s"tr[e^]l), n. [See {Castrel}.] (Zo["o]l.) A small, slender European hawk ({Falco alaudarius}), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called {windhover} and {stannel}. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind of hawk. ``Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with hawks.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , (Falcotinnunculus)


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  • Windhover — Wind hov er, n. [From its habit of hovering over one spot.] (Zo[ o]l.) The kestrel; called also {windbibber}, {windcuffer}, {windfanner}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • windhover — kestrel, 1670s, from WIND (Cf. wind) (n.1) + HOVER (Cf. hover); so called from the bird s habit of hovering in the wind. An earlier name for it was windfucker (1590s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • windhover — [wind′huv΄ər] n. [ WIND2 + HOVER: from its flying habit] Brit. a kestrel …   English World dictionary

  • windhover — noun Date: 1674 British kestrel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • windhover — /wind huv euhr, hov /, n. the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus. [1665 75; WIND1 + HOVER; from its hovering flight, head to the wind] * * * …   Universalium

  • windhover — noun The common kestrel. Syn: kestrel, staniel …   Wiktionary

  • windhover — noun dialect a kestrel …   English new terms dictionary

  • windhover — n. Castrel, kestrel, stannel (Falcotinnunculus) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • windhover — wind•hov•er [[t]ˈwɪndˌhʌv ər, ˌhɒv [/t]] n. orn the Eurasian kestrel Falco tinnunculus[/ex] • Etymology: 1665–75; from its hovering flight, head to the wind …   From formal English to slang

  • windhover — /ˈwɪndhɒvə / (say windhovuh) noun → kestrel (def. 2). {wind1 + hover} …   Australian English dictionary

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