from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The American name of Pandion haliaëtus, the osprey, bald buzzard, or fishing-eagle. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) The osprey (
Pandion haliaëtus), found both in Europe and America; -- so called because it plunges into the water and seizes fishes in its talons. Called also fishing eagle, and bald buzzard.
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- noun The
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
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The magnificent fishhawk (Halietus vocifer) sits on the top of a mangrove-tree, digesting his morning meal of fresh fish, and is clearly unwilling to stir until the imminence of the danger compels him at last to spread his great wings for flight.
And that makes me think now it must have been some fishhawk screaming.
"Why, of course, to be sure," replied the kind fishhawk, and he alighted in the tree, and Jimmie got upon his strong, broad back, and the fishhawk flew gently to the earth, and that's how Jimmie got down.
It was a swishing, swooping, swoshing noise, and who should fly down out of the sky but that good, kind fishhawk, who once carried Billie and
Then Billie called to the fishhawk, and she came down with him just as gently, and he jumped off her back into the nest.
Fish were plenty enough; but that means nothing to a fishhawk, who must see his game reasonably near the surface before making his swoop.
To their credit, be it known, they once "publikly reeprimanded" one Master Eliphalet Bodman, a son of Belial evidently, for violently, with powder and shot, doing away with one fishhawk, and wickedly destroying the nest and eggs of another.
The only exception to this rule that I know is in the case of a fishhawk, whom I knew well as a boy, and who lost his mate one summer by an accident.
Farther out, a fishhawk came down heavily, _Souse!
Another thing they did not know was that if the fishhawk _had_ wanted them, he could have caught them more comfortably in the water than on shore.