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one who seizes by force; robber; a raptorial bird
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rapture – ecstatic joy; bliss; beatitude
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A bird of prey.
[Latin, one who seizes, from rapere, to seize; see rapt.]
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1. (Zoology) another name for bird of prey
2. (Animals) informal a carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period
[C17: from Latin: plunderer, from rapere to take by force]
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rap•tor(ˈræp tər, -tɔr)
a raptorial bird; bird of prey.
[1600–10; < Latin raptor one who seizes by force, robber]
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1. A bird of prey, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl.
2. Any of various mostly small, slender, meat-eating dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period. Raptors had hind legs that were adapted for leaping and large, curved claws used for grasping and tearing at prey. Raptors were probably related to birds, and some even had feathers.
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|Noun||1.||raptor - any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals|
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Accipitriformes, order Accipitriformes - in some classifications an alternative name for the Falconiformes
hawk - diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
bird of Jove, eagle - any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight
vulture - any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion
Sagittarius serpentarius, secretary bird - large long-legged African bird of prey that feeds on reptiles
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
raptor[ˈræptər] n (= bird of prey) → rapace m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (Zool) → Raubvogel m
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