One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling that of a falcon or hawk, especially in respect of sight or temperament; sharp-eyed, hawklike.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), author, biographer, and historian. From classical Latin accipitr-, accipiter accipiter + -al. Compare scientific Latin accipitralis.
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