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Latin corvus


corvus (plural corvi)

  1. (historical) A hooked ram for destroying walls.
  2. (historical) A grappling hook in Ancient Roman naval warfare.


corvus (a raven)


From Proto-Italic *korwos, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorh₂wós, imitative of harsh sounds (compare Middle Irish crú, Lithuanian šárka (magpie), Serbo-Croatian svrȁka (magpie), Ancient Greek κόραξ (kórax), Old English hræfn), from *ḱer- (compare Latin crepō (I creak, crack), Sanskrit कृपते (kṛ́pate, he laments, implores)) + *-wós (whence Latin -vus).



corvus m (genitive corvī); second declension

  1. A raven; a bird associated with prophecy and sacred to Apollo.
  2. (nautical) A gangplank, used in Roman naval combat for boarding enemy ships.


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative corvus corvī
Genitive corvī corvōrum
Dative corvō corvīs
Accusative corvum corvōs
Ablative corvō corvīs
Vocative corve corvī

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  • corvus”, in Charlton T[homas] Lewis; Charles [Lancaster] Short (1879) [] A New Latin Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.: American Book Company; Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • corvus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • corvus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • corvus”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • corvus”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • corvus”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin