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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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 Then bring it to the World Center for Birds of Prey and get in free to see the raptor and the rest of the collection. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Birds of Prey gets a rare addition and a multimillion-dollar expansion | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 2018 As for its regular feathered inhabitants, the Coastside is blessed with migratory shorebirds, an abundance of gulls, breeding warblers, wintering sparrows, and a richness of raptors. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 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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