Relating to birds of a family that includes most diurnal birds of prey other than falcons, New World vultures, and the osprey.
Family Accipitridae; treated as a subfamily (Accipitrinae) in this sense when the osprey is included in this family‘The primary predators of all flock participants are accipitrine hawks (Accipiter cooperii or A. striatus).’
- ‘With so many details to remember, it is understandable that many birders are intimidated by this accipitrine affinity.’
- ‘In the research block, portraits of senior members of the Saudi royal family hang on the walls: impassive, accipitrine faces staring down upon the French scientists recruited to save the bird that is a royal obsession.’
- ‘These three accipitrine hawks are fairly similar in voice.’
- ‘Tall, lean, with strong, bold features, a keen, scholarly, accipitrine nose, thin, expressive lips, great solemnity and impressiveness of voice and manner, he was my early model of a classic orator.’
- ‘During a trip, however, on the Continent, in the autumn of 1871, I found in the Zoological Museum at Frankfort, what appeared to be the accipitrine model, in a very striking likeness to our bird.’
- ‘Not the friendliest neighbor in the rain forest, the goshawk (accipitrine forest hawk) is one of the most secretive of birds when it comes to nesting.’
Early 19th century from French, from Latin accipiter ‘bird of prey’.