Definition of raptor in English:
1A bird of prey, e.g. an eagle or hawk.
- 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)]
- 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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