[ UK /ɹæptˈɔːɹɪəl/ ]
[ US /ˌɹæpˈtɔɹiəɫ/ ]
  1. relating to or characteristic of birds of prey
    raptorial claws and bill for seizing prey
  2. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    a predatory bird
    raptorial birds
    a vulturine taste for offal
    the rapacious wolf
    ravening wolves
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How To Use raptorial In A Sentence

  • Compared to most raptorial birds, saw-whet owls are a very small-bodied species with high mass-specific metabolic costs.
  • In addition, they have potent raptorial appendages, with which they produce extremely fast and powerful strikes.
  • The raptorial legs are overly developed, as are the grasping hooks and leg musculature. MINUTES TO BURN
  • He further suggested that falcons ‘probably represent a raptorial branch of this radiation’ (p. 144), a suggestion presumably based on the anatomy of caracaras. Giant hoatzins of doom
  • Carapace width does not vary within a molt and is proportional to the length of the males' raptorial forelimbs, which they use in attacking other males.
  • Klinsmann needs US Soccer to pursue an agenda that develops raptorial talent in the school of young players coming through. Alan Black: The Shark: Jürgen Klinsmann, New Team USA Soccer Coach
  • There were more birds in the air now; not only raptors of bondbird breeding, who had come to the Vale in answer to some unspoken call, but small, colorful creatures in feathered harlequin coats of red, blue, green, and yellow, with raptorial hooked bills and an uncanny ability to mimic human voices. Widows and Orphans
  • The Missus, after a brief passage of raptorial staring: Are you putting salami in that? I Win The Bet!
  • The large strong feet, downturned bill, soaring habit, and certain behaviors of the anhimids are shared by raptorial gruiforms as well.
  • raptorial claws and bill for seizing prey
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