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RE: "raptor"



> -----Original Message-----
> From: NJPharris@aol.com [mailto:NJPharris@aol.com]
> Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2000 12:47 AM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: "raptor"
> 
> > And rapator (for Rapator ornitholestoides)?
> 
> I would guess that the namers had the same root in mind, but the term 
> "rapator" does not actually occur in Latin, as far as I know.

It could be an altogether different verb ("rapare" instead of "rapere" with
the short middle E). I don't have Latin dictionary with me at work, so I
can't check if there is such a verb (rapo, rapare, rapatus?) and what its
meaning would be...

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Jarno Peschier, dinosaur@jarno.demon.nl/jarnop@ccs.nl