accipiter (s) (noun)
, accipiters (pl)
1. A hawk of the genus Accipiter: An accipiter is characterized by short wings and a long tail, such as a sparrow hawk or goshawk.
2. A bandage used for the nose of a person: Tom had an small injury on his proboscis and Dr. Thomas put an accipiter on it, which looked like the claw of a hawk!
, more accipitral, most accipitral
Concerning the order of Accipitres, or birds of prey; hawk-like: Examples of accipitral birds are eagles, vultures, and owls.
The order that consists of predatory birds: Accipitres
have hooked bills, and pointed, strongly curved talons.
The three families of accipiters are the falcons or hawks, the owls, and the vultures.
Accipitriformes (pl) (noun)
In some classifications, an alternative name for the Falconiformes: Accipitriformes include birds of prey, such as hawks, vultures, kites, and eagles. and any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals.
accipitrine (s) (noun)
, accipitrines (pl)
A hawk or a bird resembling a hawk: Such accipitrines as eagles, Old World vultures, kites, and other raptors are found throughout the world except in the polar regions.
, more accipitrine, most accipitrine
A reference to hawks and eagles: Accipitrine birds include those of prey, which are active during the day, the New World vultures, the osprey, but not the falcons.
Terretur minimo pennae stridore columba unguibus, accipiter, saucia facta tuis. (Latin idiom)
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."