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corvus (a raven)


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.

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. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • corvus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • corvus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: 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