Definition of raptor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈræptə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræptər//
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any bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food) Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin, literally ‘plunderer’, from rapt- ‘seized’, from the verb rapere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: raptor