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

Examples of velociraptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The track is about a lonely velociraptor, an outcast going through extinction. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2021 Fallen Kingdom Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to their roles as velociraptor wrangler Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, the former operations manager of Jurassic World, in this 2018 action-adventure sequel. Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2021 As Klepper strolls around, confederate flags fly and there’s one that features Trump riding a velociraptor while shooting a machine gun. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 19 Oct. 2021 The answer rhymes with velociraptor or a man in a tractor. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Yesterday, Newsom announced the state’s full reopening at Universal Studios Hollywood, with the help of Optimus Prime, a velociraptor puppet, and that troll from Trolls that farts glitter. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 16 June 2021 The Tyrannosaurus rex’s small eyes were most adapted for activity during the day, while the velociraptor’s mid-sized eyes would have worked best during twilight hours. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2021 Five weeks with Freeman this spring, five weeks of seeing the dynamic velociraptor fly around on the back end and invade the tackle box and even the offensive backfield, would have been extremely valuable for all concerned. Mike Berardino, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The feathered dinosaur that dwarfed the velociraptor, made famous by Jurassic Park, had nine-inch claws and could grow up to 20 feet tall, the Deseret News explained. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2021

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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 2 Dec. 2021.

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