- a hawk of the genus Accipiter, having short, rounded wings and a long tail and feeding chiefly on small mammals and birds.
Origin of accipiter
1870–75; < New Latin, Latin: hawk
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Examples from the Web for accipiter
A Dorhawke or kind of Accipiter muscarius conceiued to haue its name from feeding upon flies & beetles.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
This is a near relative of the Indian koel, which bears remarkable resemblance to an American hawk (Accipiter cooperi).Birds of the Indian Hills
The Cooper hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has been recorded nesting in this hickory.
The Sparrow-hawk (Accipiter fringillarius of some authors) will become gentle and tame in captivity.Reptiles and Birds
Several species of Astur and Accipiter (Bazi) feed on small songsters and mice.The Highlands of Ethiopia
William Cornwallis Harris
- any hawk of the genus Accipiter, typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
C19: New Latin, from Latin: hawk
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