from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rapacious gull-like bird of the genus Stercorarius or Lestris; a jäger; a skua. See cut under Stercorarius. Macgillivray.


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  • Remember that it is as absurd an argument to say that these sea-creatures with gross names were sought for gross purposes, as to say that the sea-comb is sought for the adornment of the hair, the fish named sea-hawk to catch birds, the fish named the little boar for the hunting of boars, or the sea-skull to raise the dead.

    The Defense

  • And a white sea-hawk makes a nest on a high stone, and sometimes looks out with her white head over the edge of the rocks.

    The Ladybird

  • "Ye did weel for a beginner," says that wild young sea-hawk.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • His fierce, light eyes, like those of a sea-hawk, swept slowly around the audience and lit on Jeremy.

    The Black Buccaneer

  • Shrill as the shriek of the sea-hawk the whistles of the Boatswain and his Mates pierced that ominous low sound, dissipating it; and yielding to the mechanism of discipline, the throng was thinned by one half.

    Billy Budd

  • And a sea-hawk flung down a skeleton fish as he flew,

    Southern Prose and Poetry for Schools

  • On a sudden he turns; with a sea-hawk scream, and a gibe, and a song,

    The Revenge of Hamish

  • Some were white with a black raven or a brown bear embroidered on them, or blue with a white sea-hawk, or black with a gold sun.

    Viking Tales

  • The frigate-birds were called by the sailors the man-of-war bird, and also the sea-hawk.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • Then she threw back her head and laughed; peal on peal of deliciously childish laughter rang through the ancient net-shed, until, overhead, the passing gulls echoed her mirth with querulous mewing, and the sea-hawk, towering to the zenith, wheeled and squealed.

    The Maids of Paradise


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