Goshawk Gos"hawk`, n. [AS. g[=o]shafuc, lit., goosehawk; or Icel. g[=a]shaukr. See {Goose}, and {Hawk} the bird.] (Zo["o]l.) Any large hawk of the genus {Astur}, of which many species and varieties are known. The European ({Astur palumbarius}) and the American ({A. atricapillus}) are the best known species. They are noted for their powerful flight, activity, and courage. The Australian goshawk ({A. Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]}) is pure white. [1913 Webster]

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  • goshawk — O.E. goshafoc, lit. goose hawk, from gos goose (see GOOSE (Cf. goose)) + hafoc hawk (see HAWK (Cf. hawk)). Cf. O.N. gashaukr …   Etymology dictionary

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  • goshawk — [gäs′hôk΄] n. [ME goshauk < OE goshafoc: see GOOSE & HAWK1] a large, swift, powerful hawk (Accipiter gentilis) with short wings and a long, rounded tail: see HAWK1 …   English World dictionary

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  • goshawk — noun Etymology: Middle English goshawke, from Old English gōshafoc, from gōs goose + hafoc hawk Date: before 12th century any of several long tailed hawks with short rounded wings; especially a large accipiter (Accipiter gentilis) of the northern …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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