mosquito hawk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mosquito hawk mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
    • n mosquito hawk slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mosquito hawk (Zoöl) a dragon fly; -- so called because it captures and feeds upon mosquitoes.
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Usage

In literature:

It hawks over pools and fields and through gardens, decimating swarms of mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other baneful insects.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
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