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Definition: velociraptor from The Chambers Dictionary

a small bipedal Cretaceous dinosaur with a long narrow head and a sickle-like claw on each hind foot. [Mod L, as for velocipede and raptor]


Summary Article: VELOCIRAPTOR from The Columbia Encyclopedia

(vӘlŏs'ĭrăp´´tӘr) [Gr.,=swift robber], swift bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period. It was relatively small, being approximately 6 ft (1.8 m) long. It was similar to Deinonychus in appearance and, like that dinosaur, had a lethal sickle-shaped claw on the second toe of each three-toed foot, which was used for attacking prey. Fossil skeletons have been found in Mongolia. A find of particular interest, discovered in the Gobi desert in 1971, revealed a Velociraptor in the act of attacking another dinosaur, the herbivorous Protoceratops. Velociraptor belongs to the group of saurischian theropods [Gr.,=beast feet] that includes Tyrannosaurus, Deinonychus, and living birds.

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