One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Relating to birds of a family that includes most diurnal birds of prey other than falcons, New World vultures, and the osprey.
Family Accipitridae; treated as a subfamily (Accipitrinae) in this sense when the osprey is included in this family
- ‘Not the friendliest neighbor in the rain forest, the goshawk (accipitrine forest hawk) is one of the most secretive of birds when it comes to nesting.’
- ‘Tall, lean, with strong, bold features, a keen, scholarly, accipitrine nose, thin, expressive lips, great solemnity and impressiveness of voice and manner, he was my early model of a classic orator.’
- ‘With so many details to remember, it is understandable that many birders are intimidated by this accipitrine affinity.’
- ‘In the research block, portraits of senior members of the Saudi royal family hang on the walls: impassive, accipitrine faces staring down upon the French scientists recruited to save the bird that is a royal obsession.’
- ‘The primary predators of all flock participants are accipitrine hawks (Accipiter cooperii or A. striatus).’
- ‘During a trip, however, on the Continent, in the autumn of 1871, I found in the Zoological Museum at Frankfort, what appeared to be the accipitrine model, in a very striking likeness to our bird.’
- ‘These three accipitrine hawks are fairly similar in voice.’
Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin accipiter ‘bird of prey’.
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