Definition of oviraptor in English:


Line breaks: ovi|rap¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊvɪˈraptə


  • A bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period, having a toothless jaw and long forelimbs with clawed fingers.
    • Genus Oviraptor, family Oviraptoridae, suborder Theropoda
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    • Some of the most well-preserved specimens of dinosaurs ever found are oviraptors.
    • The find shows that a group of dinosaurs called oviraptors roamed much farther south than previously thought, they add.
    • The Incisivosaurus specimen clears up where oviraptors fit into the dinosaur hierarchy, says Currie.


1920s: from ovi- (from Latin ovum 'egg') + raptor, the original supposition being that it fed on the eggs of other dinosaurs.

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