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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The raptor will tell you where the thermals — the uplifting air currents — are. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Go, hawks: Sailplane pilots look to birds for flying tips," 23 Nov. 2018 The junior members of the rescue team are played with eccentric charm by Daniella Peneda (good with needles) and Justice Smith (bad with bugs, and the weather, and the raptors). Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' review: Raptors delight while humans make a mess of things," 20 June 2018 The dinosaurs are almost guaranteed to escape, and nobody wants raptors running around Times Square. Anchorage Daily News, "Review: The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel achieves the impossible: It makes dinosaurs boring," 20 June 2018 If the public doesn’t step up quickly, the three elegant raptors that are about to fledge from their nest in UC Berkeley’s equally elegant bell tower could go through life as Fluffy, Cottonball and Marshmallow. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "For baby raptors, cuddly names may not fly — UC seeks suggestions," 24 May 2018 Peregrine Falcon: Speedy Feathers The largest falcon over most of North America, peregrine falcons are crow-sized raptors with long, pointed wings and a long tail. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 The forest raptors hunt in the dark but open area in between the treetops and the shorter vegetation reaching up from the ground. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Cavanaugh tops lieutenant governor poll; most undecided," 2 May 2018 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

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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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