windhover [wind-huhv-er, -hov-] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
Origin of windhover 1665–75;+ ; from its hovering flight, head to the wind Examples from the Web for windhover Historical Examples of windhover
But the greatest of all exponents in the art of hovering is the kestrel, known also, for this very reason, as the “windhover.”
W. P. Pycraft
The kestrel or windhover acts in quite a different fashion to the sparrow-hawk.
As illustrating a remarkable quality of flight, the case of the kestrel or windhover may be taken.
British Dictionary definitions for windhover windhover noun
- British a dialect name for a
Word Origin and History for windhover n.
“kestrel,” 1670s, from(n.1) + ; so called from the bird’s habit of hovering in the wind. An earlier name for it was windfucker (1590s).