(Latin: bird of prey, a hawk; hawk-like)

From Latin capere, "to seize".

1. A hawk, typically with short broad wings and a long tail; such as, a sparrow hawk or goshawk.
2. A hawk of the genus Accipiter, characterized by short wings and a long tail.
Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a falcon or hawk; hawklike.
The order that includes rapacious birds. They have a hooked bill, and sharp, strongly curved talons.

There are three families, represented by the vultures, the falcons or hawks, and the owls.

In some classifications, an alternative name for the Falconiformes.
2. Bird: of prey; such as, raptor, raptorial bird; any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals.
accipitrine: hawks, eagles
1. A reference to hawks and eagles.
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”.

Terretur minimo pennae stridore columba unguibus, accipiter, saucia facta tuis.
O hawk, the dove that's been wounded by your talons is frightened by the least flutter of a feather.

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."