Definition of accipitrine in English:

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Pronunciation: /akˈsipitrin/ Pronunciation: /-ˌtrīn/


[attributive] Ornithology
Relating to birds of a family that includes most diurnal birds of prey other than falcons, New World vultures, and the osprey.
  • Family Accipitridae; treated as a subfamily (Accipitrinae) in this sense when the osprey is included in this family.
Example sentences
  • The primary predators of all flock participants are accipitrine hawks (Accipiter cooperii or A. striatus).
  • With so many details to remember, it is understandable that many birders are intimidated by this accipitrine affinity.
  • In the research block, portraits of senior members of the Saudi royal family hang on the walls: impassive, accipitrine faces staring down upon the French scientists recruited to save the bird that is a royal obsession.


Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin accipiter 'bird of prey'.

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Syllabification: ac·cip·i·trine

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