oviraptor

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noun ovi·rap·tor \ˈō-və-ˌrap-tər\

Definition of oviraptor

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of oviraptor

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


First Known Use: 1927


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