raptorial

[rap-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-]
adjective
1.
preying upon other animals; predatory.
2.
adapted for seizing prey, as the bill or claws of a bird.
3.
belonging or pertaining to the Raptores, a former order in which the falconiform and strigiform birds were erroneously grouped together.

Origin:
1815–25; < Latin raptōr- (stem of raptor raptor) + -ial

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raptorial (ræpˈtɔːrɪəl)
 
adj
1.  (of the feet of birds) adapted for seizing prey
2.  (esp of birds) feeding on prey; predatory
3.  of or relating to birds of prey
 
[C19: from Latin raptor a robber, from rapere to snatch]

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raptorial
"predatory," 1825, from L. raptor "robber," from rapt-, pp. stem of rapere "seize" (see rapid). Raptor in ornithology is first attested 1873.
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Example sentences
The insect hid in hippo dung, then ambushed the fish, snatching it with raptorial forelegs.
Holders of this federal permit are not required to obtain a state permit to take migratory birds, other than raptorial birds.
These birds are not at the top of the food chain but are commonly found in the diets of raptorial birds.
Comparative morphology of the gastrointestinal tract in raptorial birds.
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