Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bird of prey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bird of prey.
  • n. One who ravishes or plunders.
  • n. One of a family of carnivorous dinosaurs having tearing claws on the hind legs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ravisher; a plunderer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ravisher; a plunderer.
  • n. A genus of coleopterous insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals

Etymologies

Latin, one who seizes, from rapere, to seize; see rapt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin raptor ("thief"). (Wiktionary)
As used in the novel (and subsequent motion picture) Jurassic Park; shortened from velociraptor. (Wiktionary)

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  • Regarding dinosaurs, "'raptor' is an informal term that some people use to refer to the Dromaeosaurid dinosaurs, like Velociraptor, Utahraptor, Deinonychus, and others." (enchantedlearning.com)

    August 31, 2008