Definition of raptor in English:


Line breaks: rap¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈraptə


  • 1A bird of prey, e.g. an eagle or hawk.
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    • They have also been known to steal prey from other raptors and to eat fresh carrion.
    • As raptors like hawks and owls prey on the rodents, they risk being hit by a car.
    • They may steal prey from other raptors, and have been known to eat carrion as long as it has not been dead too long.
  • 2 informal A dromaeosaurid dinosaur, especially a velociraptor or utahraptor.
    [from velociraptor, a shortened form used originally by palaeontologists, popularized by the film Jurassic Park (1993)]
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    • The first room in the Creation Museum will show paleontologists digging up a dinosaur raptor.
    • No creature was spared, from the largest sauropod to the smallest raptor.
    • Some of the dinos seen are the brontosaurus, vicious raptors, and tyrannosaurus rex.


late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'plunderer', from rapt- 'seized', from the verb rapere.

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