[ rap-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]
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  1. preying upon other animals; predatory.

  2. adapted for seizing prey, as the bill or claws of a bird.

  1. 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 raptorraptor) + -ial

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British Dictionary definitions for raptorial


/ (ræpˈtɔːrɪəl) /

  1. (of the feet of birds) adapted for seizing prey

  2. (esp of birds) feeding on prey; predatory

  1. of or relating to birds of prey

Origin of raptorial

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

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