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A dromaeosaurid dinosaur, especially velociraptor or utahraptor. The word raptor (from Latin, meaning ‘bird of prey’) is recorded in English from the 19th century, but in this sense comes directly from a shortened form of velociraptor, used originally by palaeontologists and popularized by Michael Crichton' thriller Jurassic Park and the Spielberg film (1993) based on it.

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