(Latin: bird of prey, a hawk; hawk-like)
From Latin capere, "to seize".
2. A hawk of the genus Accipiter, characterized by short wings and a long tail.
There are three families, represented by the vultures, the falcons or hawks, and the owls.
2. Bird: of prey; such as, raptor, raptorial bird; any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals.
2. The family Accipitridae, eagles, harriers, hawks, kites, Old World vultures; large and diverse family of raptors (Falconiformes) distributed worldwide except for polar regions.
They feed mainly on small vertebrates captured using powerful feet, some feeding on carrion; solitary or gregarious in habits, monogamous, nesting in trees, cliffs, or on the ground. There are about 215 species.
Some writers use accipitrine figuratively as the equivalent of “predatory”.
A Latin idiom. The French, Italians, and Spanish have an equivalent idiom: "A scalded cat is afraid of cold water." Another similar idiom: "A burned child is afraid of a puff of smoke."