Middle English Dictionary Entry

spar-hauk n.
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Note: Cp. sparwe n. (d), sperver n.(1).
1.
(a) The European sparrow hawk (Accipiter nisus); --often used in prov. expressions; also coll. [quot. a1387 vr.]; ?also, a falcon or similar bird of prey [quot. ?c1475]; (b) her. an image of a sparrow hawk; (c) in surnames.