velociraptor

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noun ve·loc·i·rap·tor \və-ˈlä-sə-ˌrap-tər\

Definition of velociraptor

  1. :  any of a genus (Velociraptor) of theropod dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous having a long head with a flat snout and a large sickle-shaped claw on the second toe of each foot

Origin and Etymology of velociraptor

borrowed from New Latin, from Latin vēlōc-, vēlōx “swift, rapid” + -i- -i- + raptor “plunderer, predator” — more at velocity, raptor


First Known Use: 1990


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