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hen hawk

chicken hawk (def 1).
Origin of hen hawk
1800-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Bannertail had an ancient feud with the big hen-hawk, whose stick nest was only a mile away, high in a rugged beech.

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Of the hen-hawk he has observed that both the male and female take part in incubation.

  • He is nearly as large as the hen-hawk, but has a much longer tail.

  • That man's like a hen-hawk among the chickens, first he picks up one, and then he picks up another.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • There's a certain Walter Butler in this town, arrived like a hen-hawk from the clouds, and peep!

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • At the moment of writing these paragraphs, I saw a hen-hawk flap heavily by, pursued by a kingbird.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • I spent an hour to-day trying to shoot a hen-hawk that's been hovering about the shack all afternoon.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • I'd ruther trust a hen-hawk with a flock of patridges than to trust Betsey Malcolm with your affairs.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • Of the hen-hawk, he has observed that both male and female take part in incubation.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • The male is a bluish slate color; the female a reddish brown, like the hen-hawk, with a white rump.

    Riverby John Burroughs

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