[ak-sip-i-trin, -trahyn]
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Accipitridae, comprising the hawks, Old World vultures, kites, harriers, and eagles.
  2. raptorial; like or related to the birds of prey.

Origin of accipitrine

1830–40; < Latin accipitr- (see accipitral) + -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Also: accipitral (ækˈsɪpɪtrəl) of, relating to, or resembling a hawk; rapacious
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Accipitrinae, which includes the hawks
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