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accĭpĭter , tris (earlier also tĕris, Prisc. p. 695 P.), m. (f. Lucr. 4, 1006) [com. deriv. from accipio; see 2. acceptor; but cf. ὠκύπτερος, swift-winged], a general name for birds of prey, esp. those of the falcon kind, Plin. 10, 8, 9, § 21; Ter. Ph. 2, 2, 16; Lucr. 5, 107; Cic. N. D. 3, 19; Hor. Ep. 1, 16, 50 al.
B. In partic.
1. The common hawk, Falco Palumbarius, Linn.; Hor. C. 1, 37, 17 sq.; Ov. M. 5, 605 sq.; Col. 8, 4, 6; 3, 8, 4 al.: “sacer, because auguries were taken from it,Verg. A. 11, 721 (cf. Hom. Od. 15, 525 sq.).—
2. The sparrowhawk, Falco Nisus, Linn., used in fowling; Mart. 14, 216.—
II. Transf., of a rapacious man: “labes populi, pecuniai accipiter,Plaut. Pers. 3, 3, 5.
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