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Meaning of KESTREL

Pronunciation:  'kestrul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
  2. [n]  small North American falcon

KESTREL is a 7 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: American kestrel, Falco sparverius, Falco tinnunculus, sparrow hawk
 See Also: Falco, falcon, genus Falco



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Kes"trel\ (k[e^]s"tr[e^]l), n. [See {Castrel}.]
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. ``Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with
      hawks.'' --Bacon.