ovi·​rap·​tor ˈō-və-ˌrap-tər How to pronounce oviraptor (audio)
: 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 At the same time, researchers believe an Asian oviraptor, the 26-foot-long Gigantoraptor, should be reclassified as a Caenaghathid based on similarities its shares with A. wyliei. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2014 The first oviraptor fossil -- from a family of dinosaurs with parrotlike beaks -- was discovered in Mongolia in the 1920s, lying near a nest of eggs thought to belong to a rival. Katie Hunt, CNN, 17 Apr. 2022 Families can interact with animatronic dinos including herrerasaurus, amargasaurus, iguanodon, neovenator, oviraptor, protoceratops, velociraptor, hadrosaur, leallynasaura, minmi, Spinosaurus, triceratops and the ever-popular Tyrannosaurus rex. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 13 Apr. 2021 Highly detailed fossils dating back 70-80 million years included eggs and a nest of oviraptors that perished together. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2020 But the 2007 discovery opened the possibility that little Louie could an oviraptor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 10 May 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oviraptor was in 1924

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“Oviraptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oviraptor. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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