Definition of raptor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraptə/


1A bird of prey, e.g. an eagle or hawk.
Example sentences
  • 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)
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with raptor

adaptor, captor, chapter

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