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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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