noun \ak-ˈsi-pə-tər, ik-\

Definition of ACCIPITER

:  any of a genus (Accipiter) of medium-sized forest-inhabiting hawks that have short broad wings and a long tail and a characteristic flight pattern of several quick flaps and a glide
ac·cip·i·trine \-ˈsi-pə-ˌtrīn\ adjective or noun


New Latin, genus name, from Latin, hawk
First Known Use: circa 1828


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