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 Anzu wyliei was a 600-pound cross between an ostrich and a velociraptor. Jack Guy, CNN, "How a toothless, parrot-like dinosaur thrived 69 million years ago," 6 Oct. 2020 Coaster watchers have monitored the progress, including the rolling in of velociraptor figures. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal shares numbers, details on VelociCoaster thrill ride," 28 Sep. 2020 Right around that time, real-life paleontologists were figuring out an even bigger velociraptor relative, a dinosaur that has become a rock star in its own right. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Continuously Evolving Picture of the World’s Largest Raptor," 2 June 2020 If mowing down velociraptors with machine guns sounds like your idea of a good time, keep an eye out for this one. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft reveals the first Xbox Series X games: Watch every trailer," 7 May 2020 The Booker family — James, Emily and their two children, Thomas and Olivia — have created several rock portraits, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops and a velociraptor, near an old quarry in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. Fox News, "Family creates dinosaur sculptures during coronavirus social distancing," 19 Apr. 2020 My heart still races when the velociraptor’s nose is pointed my way. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "What it's like to see a blinking, breathing 'Jurassic World' dinosaur up close," 31 July 2019 Fossilized proteins unravel dinosaur mysteries Most researchers think that in fossils as old as a Deinonychus claw—the inspiration for Jurassic Park’s velociraptor—most of the useful sequences of organic molecules have long vanished. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Ancient Germany’s missing girls, present-day Greenland’s dying ice, and dino proteins," 11 Oct. 2019 In one study, scientists at Yale and Harvard were actually able to alter chicken embryos to grow the snouts of velociraptors rather than beaks. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Ever wonder what dinosaur meat tasted like? Try eating this bird," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of velociraptor was in 1924

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“Velociraptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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