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  • n. A hawk or a hawk like bird.
  • adj. Like or belonging to the Accipitres; raptorial; hawklike.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like or belonging to the Accipitres; raptorial; hawklike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Accipitres or raptorial birds, or
  • the hawks proper, of the subfamily Accipitrinæ; hawk-like; rapacious: as, the accipitrine order of birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the genus Accipiter (or to typical hawks)


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  • One word listed by Ms. Tieslau-Jewell is accipitrine, meaning ` hawklike. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • Now the falcons are dividing lark bunting flocks when powering in for the kill and making low accipitrine attempts on scaled quail.

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  • His face was thin, his nose somewhat accipitrine, casting a broad shadow; his mouth rather wide, well formed and well closed, carrying a question and an assertion in its finely finished curves; the lower lip a little prominent, the chin shapely and firm, as becomes the corner-stone of the countenance.

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  • They halted beneath a half-dead oak, hollow, and disfigured with white tumors, its roots spreading out like accipitrine claws grasping the ground.

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  • The evolutional meaning of the deep-set Western eye, protruding brow, accipitrine nose, ponderous jaw -- symbols of aggressive force and habit -- was revealed to the gentler race by the same sort of intuition through which a tame animal immediately comprehends the dangerous nature of the first predatory enemy which it sees.

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  • The most splendid pigeon, perhaps, that the world produces, and the satin bird, with its lovely eye, feed there upon the berries of the ficus (wild fig,) and other trees: and a numerous tribe of the accipitrine class soar over its dense and spacious forests.

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  • Subaquatic to pam american power conversion, educated figs weekend, the serologist is indignantly bright plastique that accipitrine resonance tideland has daphne.

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  • He or she might say accipitrid to indicate membership in the family Accipitridae, but accipitrine in this context would refer only to one of the accipitrid subfamilies -- the Accipitrinae (the "true" hawks and eagles).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3


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