craw

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Etymology[edit]

Akin to Middle Low German krage (neck, collar) (whence Danish krave and German Kragen (collar))

Noun[edit]

craw (plural craws)

  1. (archaic) The stomach of an animal.
  2. The crop of a bird.

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Verb[edit]

craw (third-person singular simple present craws, present participle crawing, simple past and past participle crawed)

  1. (archaic) to caw, crow, for certain birds to make their cry
    • 1828, David Macbeth Moir, The Life of Mansie Wauch[1]:
      The night was now pitmirk; the wind soughed amid the head-stones and railings of the gentry, (for we must all die,) and the black corbies in the steeple-holes cackled and crawed in a fearsome manner.