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 (wĭnd′hŭv′ər, -hŏv′-)
n. Chiefly British
A kestrel.
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(Animals) Brit a dialect name for a kestrel
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(ˈwɪndˌhʌv ər, -ˌhɒv-)

the Eurasian kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
[1665–75; from its hovering flight, head to the wind]
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If he seemed bleak, he may have resembled the embers in Hopkins's "The Windhover" that, fallen, break open to the fires concealed within them like a glorious Renaissance Cruxifixion in the making.
They occasionally echo lines in traditional hymns, but their brevity gives a certain "cut" to the phrases, as in "Let me hide / Myself in thee." There is no doubt about the sincerity of this poetry, and perhaps a reader is being unfair to suggest that the great Christian poems of the last century or so (such as "The Windhover" and "Ash Wednesday") are based on a certain tension, a dialectic between faith and doubt; they involve more than piety.
A stocky, ruefully smiling man, Gassis is in North America this month on a speaking tour and to attend premier showings of the Windhover Forum's documentary on his country, titled "The Hidden Gift: War and Faith in Sudan." The documentary will be shown at Georgetown University and the University of San Francisco.
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