rap·​tor | \ ˈrap-tər How to pronounce raptor (audio) , -ˌtȯr \

Definition of raptor

1 : a carnivorous medium- to large-sized bird (such as a hawk, eagle, owl, or vulture) that has a hooked beak and large sharp talons and that feeds wholly or chiefly on meat taken by hunting or on carrion : bird of prey
2 : a usually small-to-medium-sized predatory dinosaur (such as a velociraptor or deinonychus)

Examples of raptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in these modern times an entryway can pose a bit of challenge for dinosaur models or a giant raptor. Kathy Cichon, Chicago Tribune, 24 June 2022 Ellie has that very memorable sequence in the power grid with some raptor buddies. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 10 June 2022 That's the case with Pyroraptor, one of the new superstars of the film, the raptor with feathers. Darryn King, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The stately brown raptor has a white head and neck, a severe black crest, an orange face and a lethal-looking blue-gray beak. Liz Langley, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Both are abducted near the cabin where Maisie has been living under the guardianship of former Jurassic World park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 Chris Pratt is back as that genial raptor whisperer Owen Grady, as is Bryce Dallas Howard as his dino rights-defending better half, Claire. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 Together, Claire and Owen have adopted Maisie, keeping her hidden in a remote cabin, where liberated mama raptor Blue runs wild with her baby, Beta. Peter Debruge, Variety, 8 June 2022 The raptor fluttered from the gloved palm of a birder and into the woods of Ruth Arcand Park. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of raptor

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raptor

(sense 1) after New Latin Raptores, former order name, going back to Latin, plural of raptor "plunderer, robber, a beast or bird of prey," from rapere "to seize and carry off, take away by force" + -tor, agent suffix; (sense 2) borrowed from New Latin -raptor (as in velociraptor) — more at rapid entry 1

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28 Jun 2022

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“Raptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raptor. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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