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windhover

[wind-huhv-er, -hov-] /ˈwɪndˌhʌv ər, -ˌhɒv-/
noun
1.
the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; wind1 + hover; from its hovering flight, head to the wind
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windhover

/ˈwɪndˌhɒvə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a dialect name for a kestrel
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Word Origin and History for windhover
n.

"kestrel," 1670s, from wind (n.1) + hover; so called from the bird's habit of hovering in the wind. An earlier name for it was windfucker (1590s).

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