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English Dictionary: kestrel by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
kestrel
n
  1. small North American falcon [syn: sparrow hawk, {American kestrel}, kestrel, Falco sparverius]
  2. small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
    Synonym(s): kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Kestrel \Kes"trel\ (k[ecr]s"tr[ecr]l), n. [See {Castrel}.]
      (Zo[94]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. [bd]Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with
               hawks.[b8] --Bacon.
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