Definition of Hen hawk
1. Noun. Nontechnical term for any hawks said to prey on poultry.
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Literary usage of Hen hawk
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1. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"... that listens, And the moon eclipsed and dying; Owl and eagle, crane and hen-hawk, And the cormorant, bird of magic; Headless men, that walk the heavens, ..."
2. The Young Folks' Cyclopædia of Common Things by John Denison Champlin (1884)
"The hen hawk, sometimes called also the marsh hawk and the harrier, ... The hen hawk usually builds its nest of dried grasses in a hollow scooped in the ..."
3. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1877)
"... 1 Hen-Hawk. (Falco lineatus.) The popular name of the Red-shouldered Hawk of naturalists. Herb. In America, universally pronounced erb; ..."
4. Wake-robin by John Burroughs (1904)
"The hen-hawk swoops down upon the meadow-mouse from his position high in air, ... He is nearly as large as the hen-hawk, but has a much longer tail. ..."