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1. Subsisting by seizing prey; predatory.
2. Adapted for the seizing of prey.
3. Of, relating to, or characteristic of birds of prey.
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(ræpˈtɔːrɪəl) or


1. (Zoology) (of the feet of birds) adapted for seizing prey
2. (Zoology) (esp of birds) feeding on prey; predatory
3. (Zoology) of or relating to birds of prey
[C19: from Latin raptor a robber, from rapere to snatch]
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(ræpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-)

1. preying upon other animals; predatory.
2. adapted for seizing prey, as an eagle's claws.
3. of or pertaining to a bird of prey.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.raptorial - relating to or characteristic of birds of prey; "raptorial claws and bill for seizing prey"
2.raptorial - living by preying on other animals especially by catching living preyraptorial - living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey; "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf"; "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste for offal"
aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"
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Scientists investigated how praying mantises are able to use depth perception to trigger a "raptorial strike" with their forelegs when prey is in reach.
Comparative studies on the diagnostic value of conventional radiography and computed tomography in evaluating the heads of psittacine and raptorial birds.
giraffa strikes in a split second (< 0.3 s), lunging forward to grasp the spider with its raptorial forelegs, and stabbing it with its rostrum (Soley et al., 2011; Soley & Taylor, 2012).
They label poets as beasts to be reined in with the anonymous Kavikanthapasa (Leash for the Poet's Throat), or wild elephants to be prodded and tamed with the Kavigajahkusamu (Goad for Poet-Elephants) by Gaurana's son Bhairavakavi, or an invasive species of serpents to be kept in check by their raptorial natural predator in the Kavisarpagarudamu (An Eagle to Poet-Snakes).
During contests, stomatopods often strike their opponent with their raptorial appendages.
Functional morphology and bite performance of raptorial chelicerae of camel spiders (Solifugae).
Additionally, it was expected that the measurements would give insights into microclimates in the glen, and information regarding the strategic and dynamic flight planning of these raptorial birds.
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(1998) Morbidity and mortality in free-living raptorial birds of northern California: a retrospective study, 1983-1994.
Chlorinated hydrocarbons and eggshell changes in raptorial and fish-eating birds.
Mortality and morbidity associated with gunshot in raptorial birds from the province of Quebec: 1986 to 2007.
Accordingly, woody plants are important for a diversity of bird species as they provide cover, and observation posts for raptorial birds (Ffolliott et al., 2011).