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kestrel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kestrel  \Kes"trel\  (k[e^]s"tr[e^]l),  n.  [See  {Castrel}.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  small  slender  European  hawk  ({Falco  alaudarius}),  allied 
  to  the  sparrow  hawk.  Its  color  is  reddish  fawn,  streaked  and 
  spotted  with  white  and  black.  Also  called  {windhover}  and 
  {stannel}.  The  name  is  also  applied  to  other  allied  species. 
 
  Note:  This  word  is  often  used  in  contempt,  as  of  a  mean  kind 
  of  hawk.  ``Kites  and  kestrels  have  a  resemblance  with 
  hawks.''  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  kestrel 
  n  1:  small  North  American  falcon  [syn:  {sparrow  hawk},  {American 
  kestrel},  {Falco  sparverius}] 
  2:  small  Old  World  falcon  that  hovers  in  the  air  against  a  wind 
  [syn:  {Falco  tinnunculus}] 




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