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one who seizes by force; robber; a raptorial bird
Not to be confused with:
rapture – ecstatic joy; bliss; beatitude
A bird of prey.
[Latin, one who seizes, from rapere, to seize; see rapt.]
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]
rap•tor(ˈræp tər, -tɔr)
a raptorial bird; bird of prey.
[1600–10; < Latin raptor one who seizes by force, robber]
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|
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