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A small theropod dinosaur of the genus Oviraptor of the Cretaceous Period, characterized by slender limbs, grasping hands, and a short toothless beak. Some oviraptor fossils have been found with eggs, which they may have been brooding rather than eating, as was originally thought.

[New Latin Ōviraptor, genus name : Latin ōvum, egg; see ovum + raptor, one who seizes; see raptor.]


(Palaeontology) a bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period, having a toothless jaw and long forelimbs with clawed fingers
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The scientists in 1923 gave the name Oviraptor philoceratops, or egg eater, to a dinosaur they found lying on top of a nest of what they thought were Protoceratop eggs, Norell says.