plural noun
Rap·​to·​res | \ rapˈtōr(ˌ)ēz \

Definition of Raptores

 (Entry 1 of 2)

in former classifications
: an order of birds comprising Falconiformes and Strigiformes of current usage and including all the birds of prey


\ " \

Definition of Raptores (Entry 2 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of falconiformes

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Raptores

Plural noun

New Latin, from Latin, plural of raptor

New Latin, from Latin, plural of raptor

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Raptores

Statistics for Raptores

Cite this Entry

“Raptores.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Raptores. Accessed 22 January 2020.

Comments on Raptores

What made you want to look up Raptores? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help to grow, develop, or succeed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!