Raptorial Rap*to"ri*al (r[a^]p*t[=o]"r[i^]*al), a. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Rapacious; living upon prey; -- said especially of certain birds. (b) Adapted for seizing prey; -- said of the legs, claws, etc., of insects, birds, and other animals. (c) Of or pertaining to the {Raptores}. See Illust. (f) of {Aves}. [1913 Webster]

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