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

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 updated attraction is an immersive experience with life-like velociraptors, mosasaurus’, triceratops and more roaming park grounds. Hanna Flanagan,, "Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Help Unveil the New Universal Studios Jurassic World Ride," 24 July 2019 Wyoming Thermopolis: The skeleton of a nearly 3-foot-tall cousin of the velociraptor is now on display at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. USA TODAY, "Barbie, Tupac, scorpions and Red Vines: News from around our 50 states," 19 July 2019 The eggs’ exterior and interior textures, as well as shell thickness, points to a kind of non-avian theropod, a large group that includes dinosaurs such as velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus. Jonathan Lambert, Scientific American, "Ancient Mongolian Nests Show Dinosaurs Protected Their Eggs," 16 July 2019 Modern birds descended from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, whose members include the towering Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors. Quanta Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds," 2 June 2015 Trump is testing those civic fences with the zeal of a velociraptor. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Ex-President Trump on Trial," 18 June 2019 Humans have to help the two velociraptor robots at the check-in desk when foreign guests arrive by making copies of their passports. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots," 14 Jan. 2019 The vote came after a ridiculous debate that included Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) showing a photo of former president Ronald Reagan shooting a machine gun while riding a velociraptor, among other things. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Roasted Mitch McConnell After a Green New Deal Senate Stunt Vote," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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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