from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Birds of prey; the accipitrine or raptorial birds regarded as an order, now more frequently named Raptores (which see).
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