windhover

windhover

[wind-huhv-er, -hov-]
noun
the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.

Origin:
1665–75; wind1 + hover; from its hovering flight, head to the wind

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windhover (ˈwɪndˌhɒvə)
 
n
(Brit) a dialect name for a kestrel

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windhover
"kestrel," 1674, from wind (n.) + hover; so called from the bird's habit of hovering in the wind. An earlier name for it was windfucker (1599).
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