rap·tor | \ˈrap-tər, -ˌtȯr\

Definition of raptor 

2 [ New Latin -raptor (as in velociraptor) ] : a usually small-to-medium-sized predatory dinosaur (such as a velociraptor or deinonychus)

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Jurassic World and its sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (in theaters June 22), which promotes incredibly perceptive and intelligent raptor Blue to the level of leading lady, continue this theme. refinery29.com, "The Most Interesting Woman In Fallen Kingdom Is A Raptor: How The Jurassic Park Franchise Regressed," 20 June 2018 Wildlife rehabilitators came with injured raptors that can no longer live in the wild. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Connecticut Audubon Hosts Migration Madness Weekend," 29 May 2018 On Sunday, Horizon Wings presented an educational program on raptors. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Connecticut Audubon Hosts Migration Madness Weekend," 29 May 2018 At the International Falconry Academy in Live Oak, Master Falconer Kitty Carroll continues the ancient tradition, training would-be hawkers and educating the public with her majestic raptors. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Suwannee County: Experience an ancient hunting art at International Falconry Academy," 6 May 2018 Hawks, falcons, owls and other raptors show off their soaring and hunting skills. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Once a victim of the egg-destroying pesticide DDT, the peregrine—a crow-sized raptor known for its speed—is now no longer endangered and in recovery. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 The plate is even made to look like it has been scraped by a raptor. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "'Jurassic World' restaurant opening in Japan with scary, dinosaur-themed food," 3 July 2018 Ospreys, sometimes called sea hawks, are large raptors that can be found across Florida and North America, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "A bird carrying a shark carrying a fish: Photographer gets 'one in a trillion' picture | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of raptor

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raptor

New Latin Raptores, former order name, from Latin, plural of raptor plunderer, from rapere

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English Language Learners Definition of raptor

: a bird (such as an eagle or hawk) that kills and eats other animals for food

: a small or medium-sized dinosaur that ate other animals


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