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[gos-hawk] /ˈgɒsˌhɔk/
any of several powerful, short-winged hawks, as Accipiter gentilis, of Europe and America, formerly much used in falconry.
Origin of goshawk
before 1000; Middle English goshauk, Old English gōshafoc. See goose, hawk1 Unabridged
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  • Already the youths had commenced battering at the convent doors, when they were summoned by the voice of the goshawk on horseback.

  • A goshawk is a goose hawk, so called from its preying on poultry.

  • Blacky had found plenty to eat and he had seen no more of fierce Mr. goshawk.

    Bowser The Hound Thornton W. Burgess
  • “I can get on board,” he said, as if his patient quadruped had been the goshawk.

    Ahead of the Army W. O. Stoddard
  • The goshawk and chicken-hawk, in the amount of damage done, far exceed all other birds of prey.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The goshawk was Farina's bridesman, and a very spiriting bridesman was he!

  • The two were close behind him: Guy the goshawk prepared for one of those fatal pounces on the foe that had won him his title.

  • He once offered the reversion in fee of an Irish leasehold for a goshawk.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • As well as ground-game the goshawk poaches pheasants and partridges, numbers of these being killed by the bird in its wild state.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Sometimes a peregrine is shot, and more rarely, in autumn, a hobby or a goshawk.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for goshawk


a large hawk, Accipiter gentilis, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having a bluish-grey back and wings and paler underparts: used in falconry
Word Origin
Old English gōshafoc; see goose1, hawk1
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Word Origin and History for goshawk

Old English goshafoc, literally "goose-hawk," from gos "goose" (see goose (n.)) + hafoc "hawk" (see hawk (n.)). Cf. Old Norse gashaukr.

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