Definition of milvine in English:

milvine

adjective

Ornithology
  • Of, relating to, or designating kites, specifically those of the former group Milvini or (later) the subfamily Milvinae (family Accipitridae). rare.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Nathan Bailey (d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster. From classical Latin mīluīnus, adjective from mīluus bird of prey, kite (of unknown origin) + -īnus. In specific taxonomic use after scientific Latin Milvinae (also Milvini, † Milvines), subfamily name.

Pronunciation

milvine

/ˈmɪlvʌɪn/