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

  • adj. Subsisting by seizing prey; predatory.
  • adj. Adapted for the seizing of prey.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of birds of prey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like or resembling a raptor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rapacious; living upon prey; -- said especially of certain birds.
  • adj. Adapted for seizing prey; -- said of the legs, claws, etc., of insects, birds, and other animals.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Raptores. See Illust. (f) of aves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rapacious; predatory; preying upon animals; of or pertaining to the Raptores or Raptoria.
  • Fitted for seizing and holding; prehensile: as, the raptorial beak or claws of birds; the raptorial palps of insects.
  • n. A bird of prey; a member of the Raptores.

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

  • adj. relating to or characteristic of birds of prey
  • adj. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey


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