Raptorial

  • 1raptorial — [rap tôr′ē əl] adj. 1. predatory: said esp. of a bird of prey 2. adapted for seizing prey [raptorial claws] …

    English World dictionary

  • 2Raptorial — Rap*to ri*al (r[a^]p*t[=o] r[i^]*al), a. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Rapacious; living upon prey; said especially of certain birds. (b) Adapted for seizing prey; said of the legs, claws, etc., of insects, birds, and other animals. (c) Of or pertaining to the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3raptorial — index predatory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4raptorial — predatory, 1825, from L. raptor robber, from rapt , pp. stem of rapere seize (see RAPID (Cf. rapid)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5Raptorial — The term raptorial implies much the same as predatory , but most often refers to modifications of an arthropod s foreleg that make it function for the grasping of prey while it is consumed, where the gripping surfaces are formed from the opposing …

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  • 6raptorial — adjective Date: 1825 1. predaceous 1 2. adapted to seize prey 3. of, relating to, or being a bird of prey …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7raptorial — adj. [L. raptor, robber] Fitted for grasping prey …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 8raptorial — /rap tawr ee euhl, tohr /, adj. 1. preying upon other animals; predatory. 2. adapted for seizing prey, as the bill or claws of a bird. 3. belonging or pertaining to the Raptores, a former order in which the falconiform and strigiform birds were… …

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  • 9raptorial — adjective Like or resembling a raptor …

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  • 10raptorial — Synonyms and related words: all devouring, all engulfing, bloodsucking, clawed, dentate, digital, digitate, digitated, extortionate, fanged, fingered, grabby, grasping, jawed, lupine, parasitic, predacious, predatory, prehensile, rapacious,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 11raptorial — rap·to·ri·al || ræp tɔːrɪəl adj. predatory, hunting other creatures for food …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12raptorial — adjective chiefly Zoology 1》 predatory. 2》 adapted for seizing prey. Derivatives raptorially adverb …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13raptorial — I. a. Preying, rapacious, raptorious. II. n. Bird of prey …

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  • 14raptorial — rap·to·ri·al …

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  • 15raptorial — rap•to•ri•al [[t]ræpˈtɔr i əl, ˈtoʊr [/t]] adj. 1) zool. preying upon other animals; predatory 2) zool. adapted for seizing prey, as an eagle s claws 3) orn of or pertaining to a bird of prey • Etymology: 1815–25 …

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  • 16raptorial — /ræpˈtɔriəl / (say rap tawreeuhl) adjective 1. preying upon other animals; predatory. 2. adapted for seizing prey, as the beak or claws of a bird. 3. belonging or relating to the raptors. {New Latin Raptōrēs (plural of Latin raptor robber,… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 17raptorial —   a. predatory; pertaining to birds of prey …

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  • 18raptorial — adj. & n. adj. (of a bird or animal) adapted for seizing prey; predatory. n. 1 = RAPTOR. 2 a predatory animal. Etymology: L raptor: see RAPTOR …

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  • 19raptorial bird — noun any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals • Syn: ↑bird of prey, ↑raptor • Derivationally related forms: ↑raptorial (for: ↑raptor) • Hypernyms: ↑ …

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  • 20raptorial claw — 1. (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) The toothed dactyl curved backward on the propodus. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Mantids, the spinose tibiae and femur that produce the hook …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology