hawk


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\ (h[add]k), n. [OE. hauk (prob. fr. Icel.), havek,
   AS. hafoc, heafoc; akin to D. havik, OHG. habuh, G. habicht,
   Icel. haukr, Sw. h["o]k, Dan. h["o]g, prob. from the root of
   E. heave.] (Zool.)
   One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the
   family Falconid[ae]. They differ from the true falcons in
   lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in
   having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size
   and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were
   formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the
   word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as
   the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk.
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   Note: Among the common American species are the red-tailed
         hawk (Buteo borealis); the red-shouldered ({Buteo
         lineatus}); the broad-winged (Buteo Pennsylvanicus);
         the rough-legged (Archibuteo lagopus); the
         sharp-shinned (Accipiter fuscus). See Fishhawk,
         Goshawk, Marsh hawk, under Marsh, Night hawk,
         under Night.
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   Bee hawk (Zool.), the honey buzzard.

   Eagle hawk. See under Eagle.

   Hawk eagle (Zool.), an Asiatic bird of the genus
      Spiz[ae]tus, or Limn[ae]tus, intermediate between the
      hawks and eagles. There are several species.

   Hawk fly (Zool.), a voracious fly of the family
      Asilid[ae]. See Hornet fly, under Hornet.

   Hawk moth. (Zool.) See Hawk moth, in the Vocabulary.

   Hawk owl. (Zool.)
   (a) A northern owl (Surnia ulula) of Europe and America. It
       flies by day, and in some respects resembles the hawks.
   (b) An owl of India (Ninox scutellatus).

   Hawk's bill (Horology), the pawl for the rack, in the
      striking mechanism of a clock.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\, n. [W. hoch.]
   An effort to force up phlegm from the throat, accompanied
   with noise.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\, v. t. [Akin to D. hauker a hawker, G. h["o]ken,
   h["o]cken, to higgle, to retail, h["o]ke, h["o]ker, a
   higgler, huckster. See Huckster.]
   To offer for sale by outcry in the street; to carry
   (merchandise) about from place to place for sale; to peddle;
   as, to hawk goods or pamphlets.
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         His works were hawked in every street.   --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\, n. (Masonry)
   A small board, with a handle on the under side, to hold
   mortar.
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   Hawk boy, an attendant on a plasterer to supply him with
      mortar.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\ (h[add]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hawked (h[add]kt);
   p. pr. & vb. n. Hawking.]
   1. To catch, or attempt to catch, birds by means of hawks
      trained for the purpose, and let loose on the prey; to
      practice falconry.
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            A falconer Henry is, when Emma hawks. --Prior.
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   2. To make an attack while on the wing; to soar and strike
      like a hawk; -- generally with at; as, to hawk at flies.
      --Dryden.
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            A falcon, towering in her pride of place,
            Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\, v. i. [W. hochi.]
   To clear the throat with an audible sound by forcing an
   expiratory current of air through the narrow passage between
   the depressed soft palate and the root of the tongue, thus
   aiding in the removal of foreign substances.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hawk \Hawk\, v. t.
   To raise by hawking, as phlegm.
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