Etymology
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raptor (n.)

late 14c., raptour, "a plundering bird of prey;" c. 1600, "ravisher, abductor," from Latin raptor "a robber, plunderer, abductor, ravisher," agent noun from past-participle stem of rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Modern ornithological use is by 1873, from Raptores, the order name of the birds of prey (1823, a Latin plural).

updated on April 22, 2021

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Definitions of raptor from WordNet

raptor (n.)
any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals;
Synonyms: bird of prey / raptorial bird
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