raven

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A raven (bird).
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Wikispecies From Old English hræfn, from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (compare Dutch raaf, German Rabe, Danish ravn), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorh₂- (compare Middle Irish crú, Latin corvus, Lithuanian šárka (magpie), Serbo-Croatian svrȁka ‘id.’, Ancient Greek κόραξ (kórax)), from *ḱer, *ḱor (compare Latin crepare ‘to creak, crack’, Sanskrit kṛ́patē).

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raven (plural ravens)

  1. A common name for several, generally large and lustrous black species of birds in the genus Corvus, especially the common raven, Corvus corax.
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raven (not comparable)

  1. Of the color of the raven; jet-black
    raven curls
    raven darkness
    She was a tall, sophisticated, raven-haired beauty.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French raviner (rush, seize by force), itself from ravine (rapine), from Latin rapina (plundering, loot), itself from rapere (seize, plunder, abduct)

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raven (plural ravens)

  1. Rapine; rapacity.
  2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.
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raven (third-person singular simple present ravens, present participle ravening, simple past and past participle ravened)

  1. (archaic) To obtain or seize by violence.
  2. To devour with great eagerness.
  3. To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.
    The raven is both a scavenger, who ravens a dead animal almost like a vulture, and a bird of prey, who commonly ravens to catch a rodent.
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  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • raven” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001). [1]

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raven (past singular ravede, past participle geraved)

  1. to (hold a) rave, to party wildly

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raven

  1. Plural form of raaf

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ráven (comparative rávnejši, superlative nàjrávnejši)

  1. even, level

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