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Definition of velociraptor

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The answer rhymes with velociraptor or a man in a tractor. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Yesterday, Newsom announced the state’s full reopening at Universal Studios Hollywood, with the help of Optimus Prime, a velociraptor puppet, and that troll from Trolls that farts glitter. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 16 June 2021 The Tyrannosaurus rex’s small eyes were most adapted for activity during the day, while the velociraptor’s mid-sized eyes would have worked best during twilight hours. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2021 Five weeks with Freeman this spring, five weeks of seeing the dynamic velociraptor fly around on the back end and invade the tackle box and even the offensive backfield, would have been extremely valuable for all concerned. Mike Berardino, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The feathered dinosaur that dwarfed the velociraptor, made famous by Jurassic Park, had nine-inch claws and could grow up to 20 feet tall, the Deseret News explained. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2021 In the early '90s, paleontologists discovered bones around Moab, Utah, from an unknown dinosaur, one that had strong, deadly claws like a velociraptor—but was nearly twice as big. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Mar. 2021 The Monroe Street Drive-in, a block from Campus Martius, will debut with a screening of the Steven Spielberg film that brought dinosaurs to life and made the velociraptor famous. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2021 Two chandeliers gradually dim, and after a short silence a velociraptor appears on a stage scarcely twenty feet away, stalking back and forth, gliding on springy hind legs, tail whipsawing. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of velociraptor

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for velociraptor

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

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“Velociraptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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