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Re: Santanaraptor

"Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." wrote:
> "Raptor" doesn't mean "bird"; it is also (despite what some people think)
> not the formal name of the living birds of prey.  It is the Latin word for
> "theif, plunderer, snatcher, grabber, rapist, beseiger, etc."

Or more literally "to sieze and carry off". Hence the painting "the rape
of the Sabines", which shows a couple of guys slinging a pair of women
over their horses. The word rape originally meant to abduct someone, and
is no doubt derived from a similar word as "raptor". I wonder if the
word "rapture" is of similar origin (since it involves being carried


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