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ve·loc·i·rap·tor / vəˈläsəˌraptər/ • n. a small dromaeosaurid dinosaur (genus Velociraptor) of the late Cretaceous period.

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velociraptor a small dromaeosaurid dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period, given great prominence in the novel and film Jurassic Park; the current general use of raptor for this kind of dinosaur comes from a shortening of this word.