velociraptor

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Danny Trejo meets his reptilian match in one overzealous velociraptor while supporting Marine Toys For Tots at the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 27. People Staff, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2022 Her Richard is an entitled aristo rather than a calculating imp, a swaggering T. rex instead of a darting velociraptor. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 11 July 2022 Danny Trejo meets his reptilian match in one overzealous velociraptor while supporting Marine Toys For Tots at the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 27. People Staff, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2022 The velociraptor in the fossil below didn't fare too well either after eating a pterosaur, which was likely its last meal. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2012 Danny Trejo meets his reptilian match in one overzealous velociraptor while supporting Marine Toys For Tots at the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 27. People Staff, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2022 Danny Trejo meets his reptilian match in one overzealous velociraptor while supporting Marine Toys For Tots at the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 27. People Staff, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2022 Longtime fans know all about the tooltip with the hidden secondary punchline for each cartoon and Munroe's obsession with possible velociraptor attacks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 The velociraptor will have learned to open the door. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Velociraptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velociraptor. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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