taka means "Hawk" in English.
- Both taka and washi refer to members of the Accipitridae family. One difference is that taka usually refer to the smaller birds, while washi refers to the bigger ones, although there are exceptions. Another difference is that taka are easier to domesticate. 
Homonyms & Similar Words
- taka'! 高っ！ may mean "[it's] expensive!" or "[it's] high!" This comes from the i-adjective takai 高い, which can mean "high" or "expensive" depending on context.
- "Falconry" in Japanese is takagari 鷹狩.
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