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
accipitrineplay \-ˈsi-pə-ˌtrīn\ adjective or noun
Origin and Etymology of accipiter
borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin, “hawk, falcon,” altered (probably by assimilation to accipere “to grasp, take, accept”) from pre-Latin *acu-petri- “having swift wings,” from *acu- (akin to Latin ōcior “swifter,” Greek ōkýs “swift”) + *petri- (akin to Sanskrit patram “wing, feather”) — more at 1feather
First Known Use: 14th century
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