pigeon hawk
noun Date: circa 1728 merlin — used for one of North America

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Pigeon hawk — Pigeon Pi geon, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. {Peep} to chirp.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pigeon hawk — n. MERLIN …   English World dictionary

  • pigeon hawk — Merlin Mer lin, n. [OE. merlion, F. [ e]merillon; cf. OHG. smirl, G. schmerl; prob. fr. L. merula blackbird. Cf. {Merle}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small European falcon ({Falco columbarius}, syn. {Falco lithofalco}, or {Falco [ae]salon}). In North America… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pigeon-hawk — /ˈpɪdʒən hɔk/ (say pijuhn hawk) noun 1. a hawk that preys on pigeons, as the goshawk. 2. US the American merlin. See merlin …   Australian English dictionary

  • pigeon hawk — pi′geon hawk n. orn merlin • Etymology: 1720–30, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • pigeon hawk — merlin. [1720 30, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • pigeon hawk — noun small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black barred tail; used in falconry • Syn: ↑merlin, ↑Falco columbarius • Hypernyms: ↑falcon • Member Holonyms: ↑Falco, ↑genus Falco …   Useful english dictionary

  • pigeon-hawk — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pigeon — Pi geon, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. {Peep} to chirp.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world. [1913 Webster] Note …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pigeon berry — Pigeon Pi geon, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. {Peep} to chirp.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”