From Dutch raaf, from Middle Dutch rāve, from older rāven by reanalysis, from Old Dutch *ravan, from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorh₂-.
raaf (plural rawe)
From Middle Dutch rāve, formed by reanalysis of the older singular form rāven which was reinterpreted as a plural. From Old Dutch ravan, from Proto-West Germanic *hrabn, from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱorh₂-.
raaf m or f (plural raven, diminutive raafje n)
- A raven, Corvus corax.
- A raven, term used for certain other large birds of the genus Corvus.