Definition of raptor
1 : bird of prey
2 [New Latin -raptor (as in velociraptor)] : a usually small-to-medium-sized predatory dinosaur (such as a velociraptor or deinonychus)
Recent Examples of raptor from the Web
Toronto Raptors sign Kyle Lowry to a three-year, $100 million contract Grade: B- The Raptors find themselves in a fascinating situation.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey said when the trade was made.
A pair of red-tailed hawks was riding the breeze above Erickson Creek, screeching with the raptor sound familiar to most Americans.
Years of flying these birds has led the service to believe its Raptors can handle at least 12,000 hours of service unmodified, and perhaps as much as 15,000 hours.
While some raptor rehabilitation facilities tap bird foster parents to teach youngsters to fly and hunt, Touzalin said Willowbrook doesn't have a broad-winged hawk to provide fostering services.
Falcon Cam: Watch the young raptors prepare to fly.
Instead, the beloved eagle will rest comfortably in his enclosure at the raptor center and attend educational functions.
The center also has an on site rehabilitation center that cares for injured and orphaned raptors and releases them back into the wild once strong enough.
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Origin and Etymology of raptor
New Latin Raptores, former order name, from Latin, plural of raptor plunderer, from rapere
First Known Use: 1873See Words from the same year
RAPTOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of raptor for English Language Learners
: 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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