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velociraptor Line breaks: vel¦oci|rap¦tor
Pronunciation: /vɪˌlɒsɪˈraptə/

Definition of velociraptor in English:


A small dromaeosaurid dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period.
  • Genus Velociraptor, family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda
Example sentences
  • Most predatory dinosaurs such as tyrannosaurs and velociraptors have usually been depicted in museums, films and books as covered in a thick hide of dull brown or green skin.
  • Some researchers have suggested that Archaeopteryx could in fact be the ancestor of a group of dinosaurs that includes velociraptors, made famous by Jurassic Park.
  • I've not seen such determined hunting in packs since the velociraptors in Jurassic Park.


Modern Latin, from Latin velox, veloc- 'swift' + raptor.

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