Found 2 items, similar to Pigeon hawk.
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Definition: pigeon hawk
n : small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with
black-barred tail; used in falconry [syn: merlin
, Falco columbarius
English → English
Definition: Pigeon hawk
, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or
chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which
numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
Note: The common domestic pigeon, or dove, was derived from
the Old World rock pigeon or rock dove (Columba livia
), common in cities. It has given rise to
numerous very remarkable varieties, such as the
carrier, fantail, nun, pouter, tumbler, etc. The common
wild pigeon of the Eastern United States is the
, called also
). Before the 19th century, the most
common pigeon was the passenger pigeon, but that
species is now extinct. See Passenger pigeon
. See, also, Fruit pigeon
, Ground pigeon
, Queen pigeon
, Stock pigeon
, under Fruit
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian passerine bird
); -- called also black-faced crow
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of Old
World pigeons belonging to the family Treronid[ae]
(Zo["o]l.), any one of the large Asiatic
fruit pigeons of the genus Carpophada
(Bot.), the purplish black fruit of the
pokeweed; also, the plant itself. See Pokeweed
[perhaps a corruption of business English],
an extraordinary and grotesque dialect, employed in the
commercial cities of China, as the medium of communication
between foreign merchants and the Chinese. Its base is
English, with a mixture of Portuguese and Hindustani.
(Bot.), a kind of foxtail grass (Setaria glauca
), of some value as fodder. The seeds are eagerly
eaten by pigeons and other birds.
(a) A small American falcon (Falco columbarius
adult male is dark slate-blue above, streaked with
black on the back; beneath, whitish or buff, streaked
with brown. The tail is banded.
(b) The American sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter velox
(a) A hole for pigeons to enter a pigeon house.
(b) See Pigeonhole
(c) pl. An old English game, in which balls were rolled
through little arches. --Halliwell.
, a dovecote.
(Bot.), the seed of Cajanus Indicus
; a kind of
pulse used for food in the East and West Indies; also, the
(Bot.), the edible drupes of two West African
species of Chrysobalanus
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Tremex
(Bot.), a name in the West Indies for the wood
of several very different kinds of trees, species of
, and Coccoloba
(Zo["o]l.), the flicker.
(a) The upland plover.
(b) The golden plover. [Local, U.S.]