Definition of Kestrel

1. Noun. Small North American falcon.

Exact synonyms: American Kestrel, Falco Sparverius, Sparrow Hawk
Generic synonyms: Falcon
Group relationships: Falco, Genus Falco



2. Noun. Small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind.
Exact synonyms: Falco Tinnunculus
Generic synonyms: Falcon
Group relationships: Falco, Genus Falco

Definition of Kestrel

1. n. 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.

Definition of Kestrel

1. Noun. Any of various small falcons of the genus ''Falco'' that hover while hunting. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kestrel

1. a small falcon [n -S]

Medical Definition of Kestrel

1. A small, slender European hawk (Falco alaudarius), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its colour is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called windhover and stannel. The name is also applied to other allied species. This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind of hawk. "Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with hawks." See: Castrel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kestrel

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Literary usage of Kestrel

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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1874)
"The kestrel hovers in search of prey at a height of 30 or 40 ft., ... The kestrel swallows small mammals whole, but removes the feathers from its bird prey. ..."

2. Reports of Cases Relating to Maritime Law: Containing All the Decisions of by James Perronet Aspinall, Butler Aspinall, Geoffrey Hutchinson, James. A. Petrie, F. A. P. Rowe, Bruce Farthing (1873)
"In the Admiralty Court the owners of the kestrel charged the ... The owners of the Frankland charged the kestrel with improperly porting, with not complying ..."

3. The Natural History of Ireland by William Thompson, James R. Garrett, George Dickie (1849)
"THE kestrel. observations will not apply to those in Scotland, whence Mr. Mac- gillivray had specimens, as he informs us they contained the remains of birds ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The kestrel hovers in search of prey at a height of 30 or 40 ft., ... The kestrel swallows small mammals whole, but removes the feathers from its bird prey. ..."

5. Ornithological Dictionary of British Birds by George Montagu, James Rennie (1831)
"kestrel. KAE.—A name for the Jackdaw. KAMTSCHATKA TERN. ... 5—kestrel, Br. Zool. 1. No. 60.—Ib. fol. p. 68. t. Raii, Syn. pi. 16. 16.—Will. p. 50. t. 5. ..."

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