[rap-ter, -tawr]
a raptorial bird.

1600–10; < Latin raptor one who seizes by force, robber, equivalent to rap(ere) (see rape1) + -tor -tor

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raptor (ˈræptə)
1.  another name for bird of prey
2.  informal a carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period
[C17: from Latin: plunderer, from rapere to take by force]

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raptor   (rāp'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A bird of prey, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl.

  2. Any of various mostly small, slender, carnivorous 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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Example sentences
Five bird and butterfly friendly home gardens plus a visit to a raptor
  rehabilitation facility.
Feast your eyes on raptor photos, and be thankful you aren't a mouse.
The fossils show evidence of flight feathers on the raptor's feet.
The falconer's skills involve training his raptor to return to his gloved arm
  when called and training the bird to hunt.
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