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duck hawk

a peregrine falcon of the American subspecies Falco peregrinus anatum, noted for its especially swift flight.
Origin of duck hawk
1805-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The duck-hawk is fond of clefts, and migrates along the seacoast.

    Manual of Taxidermy Charles Johnson Maynard
  • The duck-hawk was fairly aching with the desire to attack someone or something which was not protected by thunder and lightning.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
British Dictionary definitions for duck-hawk

duck hawk

a variety of peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, occurring in North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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