[ rap-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr- ]
/ ræpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /


preying upon other animals; predatory.
adapted for seizing prey, as the bill or claws of a bird.
belonging or pertaining to the Raptores, a former order in which the falconiform and strigiform birds were erroneously grouped together.

Origin of raptorial

1815–25; < Latin raptōr- (stem of raptor raptor) + -ial
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/ (ræpˈtɔːrɪəl) /

adjective zoology

(of the feet of birds) adapted for seizing prey
(esp of birds) feeding on prey; predatory
of or relating to birds of prey

Word Origin for raptorial

C19: from Latin raptor a robber, from rapere to snatch
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