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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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While primarily filter feeders, copepods can capture larger particles raptorially, thus giving the taxon the largest size range for food particles: 5-100 [micro]m (Allan 1976; Pennak 1989).