from The Century Dictionary.

  • An order of Aves, the Accipitres of Linnæus, the Raptatores, Rapaces, or Aëtomorphæ of some authors; the raptorial or rapacious birds; the birds of prey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of birds, same as accipitres. Called also Raptatores.

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  • noun term used in former classifications; erroneously grouped together birds of the orders Falconiformes and Strigiformes


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  • Next to the warblers, the raptores are the most difficult birds to distinguish one from the other.

    Birds of the Indian Hills Douglas Dewar 1916

  • Amphelinam depereunt, &c. They neigh after other men's wives (as Jeremia, cap.v. 8. complaineth) like fed horses, or range like town bulls, raptores virginum et viduarum, as many of our great ones do.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Et tumidos tumid� vos superastis aqu� Qu鄊 bene totius raptores orbis auaros, Hausit inexhausti iusta vorago maris!

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation 2003

  • Principio ut illo advenimus, ubi primum terram tetigimus, continuo Amphitruo delegit viros primorum principes; eos legat, Telobois iubet sententiam ut dicant suam; si sine vi et sine hello velint rapta et raptores tradere, si quae asportassent redderent, se exercitum extemplo domum reducturum, abituros agro Argivos, pacem atque otium dare illis; sin aliter sient animati neque dent quae petat, sese igitur summa vi virisque eorum oppidum oppugnassere.

    Amphitryo, Asinaria, Aulularia, Bacchides, Captivi Amphitryon, The Comedy of Asses, The Pot of Gold, The Two Bacchises, The Captives Titus Maccius Plautus 1919

  • Nor do the vultures, but a large proportion of the diurnal raptores leaves the plains of

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar 1916

  • It is tempting to formulate the theory that the raptores are migratory or the reverse according or not as they prey on birds of passage, and that the former migrate merely in order to follow their quarry.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar 1916

  • The three remaining raptores that are of frequent occurrence on the hills of South India are the shikra (_Astur badius_), the crested goshawk (_Lophospizias trivirgatus_), and the kestrel (_Tinnunculus alaudarius_).

    Birds of the Indian Hills Douglas Dewar 1916

  • Now, the buzzard is a weakling among the raptores and all the other birds of prey despise it.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar 1916

  • The raptores are not very strongly represented on the Nilgiris.

    Birds of the Indian Hills Douglas Dewar 1916

  • Undoubtedly passerine in structure, shrikes are as indubitably raptores by nature.

    Birds of the Indian Hills Douglas Dewar 1916


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