rap·​to·​ri·​al | \ rap-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce raptorial (audio) \

Definition of raptorial

2 : adapted to seize prey
3 : of, relating to, or being a bird of prey

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Examples of raptorial in a Sentence

the place of raptorial birds in the park's ecosystem

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Like its adult counterparts, the little arthropod had a spiny raptorial appendage used for grasping prey and the radiodontan’s characteristic circular mouth filled with sharp teeth. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Fanged, Killer Babies," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of raptorial

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of raptorial was in 1825

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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