oviraptor

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Etymology[edit]

From scientific Latin Oviraptor (genus name), from Latin ōvi- (ovi-) + raptor (because it is believed to have fed on the eggs of other dinosaurs).

Noun[edit]

oviraptor (plural oviraptors)

  1. Any of several bipedal dinosaurs, of the genus Oviraptor, from the late Cretaceous period.
    • 2017, Hanneke Meijer, The Guardian, 11 October:
      In all three fossil samples, the concentration of biliverdin is higher than that of protoporphyrin, suggesting that these oviraptor eggs originally were blue-green.