- a raptorial bird.
Origin of raptor
Examples from the Web for raptor
The Raptor carries six AMRAAMs and two shorter range AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles inside its weapons bays.
That means it could take several missile shots to kill an enemy fighter, even for an advanced stealth aircraft like the Raptor.
The Fish and Wildlife officer told him that it was illegal to possess a protected species or a raptor.
He was charged with two counts of possessing a raptor and two counts of possessing a protected species.
In fact, some future Raptor upgrades could include primes other than Lockheed leading the effort.America’s Advanced Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech
October 1, 2014
The braincase of the skull is crushed in three places as though by a raptor's beak.American Weasels
E. Raymond Hall
White excreta of a large bird beside the carcass indicated predation by a raptor, probably a horned owl.
The wigeon realises his advantage and sticks to the shallow—the raptor ever trying to force him to the deep.Unexplored Spain
The shell is polished and exceedingly fragile, a rare thing in the eggs of a raptor.Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)
P. L. Sclater
- another name for bird of prey
- informal a carnivorous bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period
Word Origin and History for raptor
c.1600, "ravisher, abductor," from Latin raptor "a robber, plunderer, abductor, ravisher," agent noun from past participle stem of rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Ornithological use is from 1873 (1823 in Latin plural Raptores).
- A bird of prey, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl.
- 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.