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  • proper noun A taxonomic subfamily within the family Accipitridaehawk.


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Accipiter +‎ -inae


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  • Europe and Asia, to mean any of the species in the subfamily Accipitrinae, which comprises the genera Accipiter, Micronisus, Melierax, Urotriorchis and Megatriorchis. - Business News

  • 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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