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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hover-hawk (Zoöl) The kestrel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hover-hawk The windhover or kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
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In literature:

On high hovered the hawks, their wings outspread, and their eyes fixed intently on the grass.
"Taras Bulba and Other Tales" by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
He paused, hovering above her upturned face as hovers the hawk above the dove.
"Mistress Wilding" by Rafael Sabatini
Presently he began to hover over them, after the manner of a hawk watching for mice.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
While they were looking at us, a great many brown hawks came hovering over the camp.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
The natives were heard approaching during the morning; and crows and hawks, hovering in the air, marked their place in the woods.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
I still saw the hawk hovering in the air, about an hundred yards ahead of me.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Hovering in the air was a large hawk, about to pounce down upon the little songsters.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
I still saw the hawk hovering in the air, about an hundred yards ahead of me.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Darley Champers was hovering like a hawk between Wykerton and the Grass River settlement.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Not very many birds, perhaps because hawks are fond of hovering here.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
The hawk still hovered in the calm winter air, so Kweek did not venture that day to bask in the sun outside his door.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
They were the hawks that she meant, which hovered whimpering and screaming about the highest cliffs.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
The hawk hovered above as if undecided what to do and then fell as if he had been dropped from a plummet.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The hawk hovers over that field!
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
The hawk, who was hovering high up in the sky, quite out of sight of any ordinary eye, saw what had happened, and was very angry.
"Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria, West Africa" by Elphinstone Dayrell
I am not one of them, I only mean the hawks which hover yonder about the summits!
"Withered Leaves. Vol. I. (of III)" by Rudolf von Gottschall
Presently he began to hover over them, after the manner of a hawk watching for mice.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Over the moors a great hawk hovered.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
It stopped high up, just hovering, Nelda, like a hawk over a field.
"The Island of Gold" by Gordon Stables
Swooping down from the roof, one of the great demons of Lecceto hovers, poised hawk-like.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier

In poetry:

Anon a hawk, intent to strike,
In the blue ether hovering brown,
Flickered an instant, and, then like
Returning arrow, quickened down.
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
Now woods have overgrown the mead,
And hid the cliffs from sight;
There shrieks the hovering hawk at noon,
And prowls the fox at night.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
"Song. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Below, beyond, above her,
Their iron web is spun:
Flicked but unsnared we hover,
Edged planes against the sun:
Eyes in the air above his lair,
The hawks that guide the gun!
"Eyes In The Air" by Gilbert Frankau
Nature feels the touch of noon;
Not a rustle stirs the grass;
Not a shadow flecks the sky,
Save the brown hawk hovering nigh;
Not a ripple dims the glass
Of the wide lagoon.
"A Pastoral" by George Essex Evans