ACCIP'ITER, n. [L. ad and capio, to seize.]

1. A name given to a fish, the milvus or lucerna, a species of Trigla.

2. In ornithology, the name of the order of rapacious fowls.

The accipiters have a hooked bill, the superior mandible, near the base, being extended on each side beyond the inferior. The genera are the vultur, the falco, or hawk, and the strix, or owl.