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
I've heard falconers say that a goshawk is like a loaded gun: you know it will go off but you don't know when.
Well back from today's walk and no goshawk, which is good.
And a goshawk is the fiercest of all the hawks there are.
The goshawk is a royal fowl, and is armed more with boldness than with claws, and as much as kind taketh from her in quantity of body, it rewardeth her with boldness of heart.
Wire cutters were used to take the five-year-old male goshawk, which is grey on top and a cream speckled colour underneath, from a weathering, where it is kept for breeding purposes, between 9pm on Wednesday, March 4, and 7am on Thursday, March 5.
"You are right," replied Sumichrast; "it is the Cayenne goshawk, which is characterized by having a head covered with ash-colored feathers, by
Just saw either Denny or Furzey on the goshawk nest who came into site noisily from off-camera and picked at the nest a bit.
For no particular reason I glanced upward and there, gliding low over the trees, was a goshawk.
Just as the goshawk disappeared over the trees, it seemed to be followed by a red kite.
I would miss the birds: a pair of furious peregrine falcons, a northern goshawk with a nest at the top of a deformed spruce leaning over the water, the three crow pals that worked the rockweed at low tide eviscerating sea urchins, then picked ripe berries on the hillside for dessert.