What does raptorial mean?

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ræpˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-rap·to·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raptorialadjective

    relating to or characteristic of birds of prey

    "raptorial claws and bill for seizing prey"

  2. predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturousadjective

    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey

    "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf"; "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste for offal"


  1. raptorialadjective

    Like or resembling a raptor.


  1. raptorial

    Raptorial refers to an organism, typically a bird of prey or an insect, that is adapted for seizing or catching prey. These adaptions often include specialized body parts such as talons or claw-like appendages. It can also be used to describe a manner of feeding or behavior that involves hunting and capturing live prey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Raptorialadjective

    rapacious; living upon prey; -- said especially of certain birds

  2. Raptorialadjective

    adapted for seizing prey; -- said of the legs, claws, etc., of insects, birds, and other animals

  3. Raptorialadjective

    of or pertaining to the Raptores. See Illust. (f) of Aves


  1. Raptorial

    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 faces of two successive leg segments. This is distinctly different from the grasping mechanism of a structure such as a scorpion's claw in which one of the opposing surfaces is an articulated digit, and not a leg segment. While this is most widely known in mantises, similarly modified legs can be found in some crustaceans, and various insect families, such as Mantispidae, Belostomatidae, Nepidae, and Naucoridae. There are numerous other lineages within various insect families that have raptorial forelegs, most commonly seen in the family Reduviidae, but also including several different families of flies, and even a few thrips. Of course, the term has a slightly more conventional use, as an adjective describing properties of birds of prey; e.g., the talons of an eagle may be referred to as "raptorial".


  1. Raptorial

    formed for seizing prey.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raptorial in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raptorial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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