velociraptor

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

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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That's a notable difference from how dinos are typically portrayed, movies like Jurassic World are often keen to show velociraptors and others with fully functioning tongues. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Dinosaurs Could Barely Use Their Tongues," 20 June 2018 The dinosaurs, which cost anywhere from $100 for a small egg to $1,800 for a large velociraptor, are made from high-grade resin, owner Billy Frazier, 74, told Chron.com Tuesday. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "'Jurassic World' is a boon for one Texas business selling massive dinosaur ornaments," 20 June 2018 In the former, the horse-sized velociraptors should actually have been the size of dogs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 Giant brontosauruses, velociraptors, and multiple tyrannosaurus can be seen outside on the business' 8 acres and within its giant facility. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "'Jurassic World' is a boon for one Texas business selling massive dinosaur ornaments," 20 June 2018 One question fans might not have thought to ask, though, was whether or not the velociraptors were the correct size. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Why Are the Velociraptors in Jurassic World So Big?," 19 June 2018 Paleobiologists have been uncovering strong evidence of that dinosaurs including velociraptors and relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex had downy, colorful plumage since the mid-1990s. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 But Pratt and Howard can’t bear to see the dinos die, especially the sweetest, most intelligent velociraptor in the world, Blue, who was raised by Pratt from infancy. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Spectacle of Jurassic World Leaves the Dinosaurs Behind," 21 June 2018 This was no time to prioritize the future, to spurn the bird in hand and chase the velociraptor in the distance. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers smart to make NBA draft trade, build portfolio in more than one way | David Murphy," 21 June 2018

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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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