[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. rappé pie,
  2. rapscallion,
  3. rapt,
  4. raptly,
  5. raptor,
  6. rapture,
  7. rapture of the deep,
  8. raptured,
  9. raptures,
  10. rapturous

Origin of raptorial

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

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British Dictionary definitions for raptorial


/ (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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Word Origin and History for raptorial



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

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