Raptor definition

răptər
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A bird of prey.
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A bird of prey.
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One of a family of carnivorous dinosaurs having tearing claws on the hind legs.
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A bird of prey, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl.
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Any of various mostly small, slender, carnivorous dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period. Raptors had hind legs that were adapted for leaping and large, curved claws used for grasping and tearing at prey. Raptors were probably related to birds, and some even had feathers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
raptor
Plural:
raptors

Origin of raptor

  • Latin one who seizes from rapere to seize rapt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • As used in the novel (subsequent motion picture) Jurassic Park; shortened from velociraptor.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin raptor (“thief").

    From Wiktionary