rap·​to·​ri·​al rap-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce raptorial (audio)
: adapted to seize prey
: of, relating to, or being a bird of prey

Examples of raptorial in a Sentence

the place of raptorial birds in the park's ecosystem
Recent Examples on the Web Damsel bugs are slender and tan-colored and have slightly raptorial front legs. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023 Massively Powerful Predators Mantis shrimps’ raptorial appendages contain massive muscles that can extend them to their full length in hundredths of a second, producing strike forces that in some species can smash through the glass wall of an aquarium or instantly dismember a crab. Thomas Cronin, University Of Maryland, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2018 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, 11 June 2018

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Word History


New Latin raptorius "predatory" (from Latin raptōr-, raptor "plunderer, a beast or bird of prey" +-ius, suffix of appurtenance) + -al entry 1 — more at raptor

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of raptorial was in 1825

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“Raptorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raptorial. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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