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hawk

bird of prey in the subfamily Accipitridae. Includes genera of Accipiter (goshawk and European sparrowhawk). The unrelated American sparrowhawk (Falco sparverius) is a member of the falcon family.
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Even in the 16th century the English government was just as hawkishly watching the Channel ports, and their agents were busy infiltrating suspect networks across the country.