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raptorial

[rap-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ræpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
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
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin raptōr- (stem of raptor raptor) + -ial
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for raptorial

raptorial

/ræpˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective (zoology)
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
Word Origin
C19: from Latin raptor a robber, from rapere to snatch
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Word Origin and History for raptorial
adj.

"predatory," 1825, from raptor + -ial. Alternative raptatorial "predacious" (1840) is from Latin raptatus, past participle of raptare.

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