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Kestrel

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A hawk of a base breed, hence a worthless fellow. Also used as an adjective.

“No thought of honour ever did assay

His baser brest; but in his kestrell kynd

A pleasant veine of glory he did find …”


Spenser: Faërie Queene, book ii. canto iii. 3.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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