from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large powerful hawk (Accipiter gentilis) having broad rounded wings, a long tail, and gray or brownish plumage.
- n. Any of several similar or related hawks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several birds of prey, principally in the genus, Accipiter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any large hawk of the genus Astur, of which many species and varieties are known. The European (Astur palumbarius) and the American (A. atricapillus) are the best known species. They are noted for their powerful flight, activity, and courage. The Australian goshawk (A. Novæ-Hollandiæ) is pure white.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large noble hawk, Astur palumbarius, of the subfamily Accipitrinæ and family Falconidæ; the goose-hawk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large hawk of Eurasia and North America used in falconry
Middle English goshauk, from Old English gōshafoc : gōs, goose; see goose + hafoc, hawk; see hawk1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English gōshafoc ("goose hawk"), from gōs ("goose") and hafoc ("hawk"). Compare also Old Norse gáshaukr and Late Middle English gosling. The bird gets its name from the fact that the species are hawks that were alleged to prey on geese. (Wiktionary)