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noun [C]  /hɔk/ us  

hawk noun [C] (BIRD)

a type of large bird that catches small birds and animals for food


verb [T]  /hɔk/ us  

hawk verb [T] (SELL)

to sell goods in public places by calling out to people: She was hawking flowers at the parking lot exit.
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