noun ac·cip·i·ter \ak-ˈsi-pə-tər, ik-\

Definition of accipiter

  1. :  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


play \-ˈsi-pə-ˌtrīn\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of accipiter

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, hawk

First Known Use: 14th century

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