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 for Hawk fly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hornet \Hor"net\, n. [AS. hyrnet; akin to OHG. hornaz, hornuz,
     G. horniss; perh. akin to E. horn, and named from the sound
     it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. akin to D.
     horzel, Lith. szirszone, L. crabo.] (Zool.)
     A large, strong wasp. The European species ({Vespa crabro)
     is of a dark brown and yellow color. It is very pugnacious,
     and its sting is very severe. Its nest is constructed of a
     paperlike material, and the layers of comb are hung together
     by columns. The American white-faced hornet ({Vespa
     maculata) is larger and has similar habits.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Hornet fly (Zool.), any dipterous insect of the genus
        Asilus, and allied genera, of which there are numerous
        species. They are large and fierce flies which capture
        bees and other insects, often larger than themselves, and
        suck their blood. Called also hawk fly, robber fly.
  
     To stir up a hornet's nest, to provoke the attack of a
        swarm of spiteful enemies or spirited critics. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hawk \Hawk\ (h[add]k), n. [OE. hauk (prob. fr. Icel.), havek,
     AS. hafoc, heafoc; akin to D. havik, OHG. habuh, G. habicht,
     Icel. haukr, Sw. h["o]k, Dan. h["o]g, prob. from the root of
     E. heave.] (Zool.)
     One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the
     family Falconid[ae]. They differ from the true falcons in
     lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in
     having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size
     and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were
     formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the
     word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as
     the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Among the common American species are the red-tailed
           hawk ({Buteo borealis); the red-shouldered ({Buteo
           lineatus); the broad-winged ({Buteo Pennsylvanicus});
           the rough-legged ({Archibuteo lagopus); the
           sharp-shinned ({Accipiter fuscus). See Fishhawk,
           Goshawk, Marsh hawk, under Marsh, Night hawk,
           under Night.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Bee hawk (Zool.), the honey buzzard.
  
     Eagle hawk. See under Eagle.
  
     Hawk eagle (Zool.), an Asiatic bird of the genus
        Spiz[ae]tus, or Limn[ae]tus, intermediate between the
        hawks and eagles. There are several species.
  
     Hawk fly (Zool.), a voracious fly of the family
        Asilid[ae]. See Hornet fly, under Hornet.
  
     Hawk moth. (Zool.) See Hawk moth, in the Vocabulary.
  
     Hawk owl. (Zool.)
     (a) A northern owl ({Surnia ulula) of Europe and America. It
         flies by day, and in some respects resembles the hawks.
     (b) An owl of India ({Ninox scutellatus).
  
     Hawk's bill (Horology), the pawl for the rack, in the
        striking mechanism of a clock.
        [1913 Webster]

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