oviraptor

noun
ovi·​rap·​tor | \ ˈō-və-ˌrap-tər How to pronounce oviraptor (audio) \

Definition of oviraptor

: any of a genus (Oviraptor) of bipedal theropod dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous having a toothless muscular jaw, clawed finger and toes, and a crested skull and that are thought to have exhibited brooding behavior

Examples of oviraptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Highly detailed fossils dating back 70-80 million years included eggs and a nest of oviraptors that perished together. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "At Jurassic Quest, fans feel roar of "true to detail" dinosaurs at Kentucky Expo Center," 2 Feb. 2020 But the 2007 discovery opened the possibility that little Louie could an oviraptor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Species," 10 May 2017 But the 2007 discovery opened the possibility that little Louie could an oviraptor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Species," 10 May 2017 But the 2007 discovery opened the possibility that little Louie could an oviraptor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Species," 10 May 2017 But the 2007 discovery opened the possibility that little Louie could an oviraptor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Species," 10 May 2017 But the 2007 discovery opened the possibility that little Louie could an oviraptor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Species," 10 May 2017 Now, Beibeilong is the second giant oviraptor species discovered. Zhao Chuang, National Geographic, "'Baby Dragon' Dinosaur Found Inside Giant Egg," 9 May 2017 The dinosaur belonged to a birdlike group known as oviraptors, most of which were fairly small. Zhao Chuang, National Geographic, "'Baby Dragon' Dinosaur Found Inside Giant Egg," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of oviraptor

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oviraptor

New Latin, from ov- + Latin raptor plunderer — more at raptor

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“Oviraptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oviraptor. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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