pigeon hawk


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Related to pigeon hawk: Falco columbarius

pigeon hawk

n.
See merlin.

pigeon hawk

n
(Animals) the North American variety of the merlin

mer•lin

(ˈmɜr lɪn)

n.
a small falcon, Falco columbarius, of the Northern Hemisphere, that feeds largely on birds taken in flight. Also called pigeon hawk.
[1350–1400; Middle English merlioun, merlone < Anglo-French merilun, Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril < Germanic; akin to German Schmerl, Old Norse smyrill]

Mer•lin

(ˈmɜr lɪn)

n.
a magician and seer in Arthurian legend.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigeon hawk - small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tailpigeon hawk - small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
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