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Kestrel

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Ke'strel. n.s. A little kind of bastard hawk. Hanmer.

            In his kestrel kind,
A pleasing vein of glory, vain did find,
To which his flowing tongue, and troublous sprit,
Gave him great aid.
Fairy Queen.

Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with hawks. Bacon.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Hanmer, Thomas (11) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Kestrel." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 22, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6678.


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