Definition of velociraptor in English:



  • A small dromaeosaurid dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period.

    Genus Velociraptor, family Dromaeosauridae, suborder Theropoda

    ‘Most predatory dinosaurs such as tyrannosaurs and velociraptors have usually been depicted in museums, films and books as covered in a thick hide of dull brown or green skin.’
    • ‘Some researchers have suggested that Archaeopteryx could in fact be the ancestor of a group of dinosaurs that includes velociraptors, made famous by Jurassic Park.’
    • ‘I've not seen such determined hunting in packs since the velociraptors in Jurassic Park.’
    • ‘In the Odeon cinema in Leicester square, children were enjoying a Jurassic park triple bill, willing the velociraptors to appear but terrified when they did.’
    • ‘Scientists still aren't clear, for example, whether the birds hunted in packs like velociraptors or individually like large predatory cats.’



/vəˈläsəˌraptər/ /vəˈlɑsəˌræptər/


Modern Latin, from Latin velox, veloc- ‘swift’+ raptor.