accipiter definition

  • noun:
    • A hawk associated with genus Accipiter, described as quick wings and a long end.
    • Any hawk associated with genus Accipiter.
    • A bandage used over the nostrils, resembling the claw of a hawk.
    • A genus of rapacious wild birds; one of several Accipitres or Raptores.
    • A bandage used over the nose, resembling the claw of a hawk.
    • In ornithology: A bird of this order Accipitres or Raptores; an accipitrine or raptorial bird. [capitalized] A genus of birds of family Falconidæ, adopting short-winged, long-tailed hawks, like the sparrow-hawk of Europe, Accipiter nisus, and the sharp-shinned hawk of the united states, A. fuscus, with several various other congeneric types. Brisson, 1760. See Raptores.
    • In surgery, a bandage used across nostrils: so named from the resemblance to the claw of a hawk.
    • type genus for the household Accipitridae

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