(Hawk"bill`) n. (Zoöl.) A sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), which yields the best quality of
tortoise shell; called also caret.
(Hawk"bit`) n. (Bot.) The fall dandelion (Leontodon autumnale).
(Hawked) a. Curved like a hawk's bill; crooked.
(Hawk"er) n. One who sells wares by crying them in the street; hence, a peddler or a packman.
(Hawk"er), v. i. To sell goods by outcry in the street. [Obs.] Hudibras.
(Hawk"er), n. [Cf. AS. hafecere. See 1st Hawk.] A falconer.
(Hawk"ey) n. See Hockey. Holloway.
(Hawk"-eyed`) a. Having a keen eye; sharpsighted; discerning.
(Hawk" moth`) (Zoöl.) Any moth of the family Sphingidæ, of which there are numerous genera
and species. They are large, handsome moths, which fly mostly at twilight and hover about flowers like
a humming bird, sucking the honey by means of a long, slender proboscis. The larvæ are large, hairless
caterpillars ornamented with green and other bright colors, and often with a caudal spine. See Sphinx,
also Tobacco worm, and Tomato worm.
Tobacco Hawk Moth and its Larva, the Tobacco Worm.
The larvæ of several species of hawk moths feed on grapevines. The elm-tree hawk moth is Ceratomia
(Hawk"weed`) n. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Hieracium; so called from the ancient
belief that birds of prey used its juice to strengthen their vision. (b) A plant of the genus Senecio (S.
(Hawm) n. See Haulm, straw.
(Hawm), v. i. [Etymol. uncertain.] To lounge; to loiter. [Prov. Eng.] Tennyson.
(Hawse) n. [Orig. a hawse hole, or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, hals, neck, part
of the bows of a ship, AS. heals neck. See Collar, and cf. Halse to embrace.]
1. A hawse hole. Harris.
2. (Naut.) (a) The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard,
the other on the port bow. (b) The distance ahead to which the cables usually extend; as, the ship has