ve·​loc·​i·​rap·​tor və-ˈlä-sə-ˌrap-tər How to pronounce velociraptor (audio)
: 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

Examples of velociraptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the bulk of the family, including the tyrannosaurs and the velociraptors, broke out in feathers with their feet firmly planted, a small subset of the theropods developed feathers that took them to the skies some 230 million years ago. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 The clip closes with the door pushing open, revealing that the velociraptor contained within actually survived. Joey Nolfi,, 8 Dec. 2023 The Florida theme park resort's Islands of Adventure park announced Tuesday it's set to open the multi-launch roller coaster on June 10, allowing guests to climb aboard for a high-speed journey through velociraptor paddocks themed to the Jurassic World film series. Joey Nolfi,, 6 Apr. 2021 In fact, what is portrayed as a velociraptor in the film, and in the original book by Michael Crichton, is not a velociraptor. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 9 June 2022 Partly because of iconic films like this, pack hunting among theropods (two-legged, meat-eating dinosaurs, including velociraptor and many others) is well ingrained in the public imagination. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 The area where the Visitor Center currently stands once doubled as the velociraptor paddock, and the place where the raptors viciously attack their captors as they're being transferred in the opening scene. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2023 Enter Email Sign Up The show will also feature a familiar face: Blue, the velociraptor from the films who saves Owen Grady’s (played by Chris Pratt) life. Maddie Browning,, 2 Apr. 2023 Yes, the one with the talking velociraptor. Vulture Staff, Vulture, 29 Apr. 2022

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Word History


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

Note: The genus Velociraptor was introduced by the American paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857-1935) in "Three new Theropoda, Protoceratops zone, Central Mongolia," American Museum Novitates, No. 144 (November 7, 1924).

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of velociraptor was in 1924

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“Velociraptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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