noun \ˈrap-tər, -ˌtr\

: a bird (such as an eagle or hawk) that kills and eats other animals for food

: a small or medium-sized dinosaur that ate other animals

Full Definition of RAPTOR

[New Latin -raptor (as in velociraptor)] :  a usually small-to-medium-sized predatory dinosaur (as a velociraptor or deinonychus)

Origin of RAPTOR

New Latin Raptores, former order name, from Latin, plural of raptor plunderer, from rapere
First Known Use: 1873

Rhymes with RAPTOR


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In general, any bird of prey, including owls. The raptors are sometimes restricted to eagles, falcons, hawks, and vultures (birds of the order Falconiformes), all diurnal predators that “seize and carry off” (Latin raptare) their prey.


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