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

Examples of raptorial in a Sentence

the place of raptorial birds in the park's ecosystem
Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of raptorial

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raptorial

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

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“Raptorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raptorial. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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