Definitions for ravenˈræv ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ra•venˈreɪ vən(n.)

  1. any of several very large corvine birds having lustrous black plumage and a loud, harsh call, esp. Corvus corax, of North America and Eurasia.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. (adj.)lustrous black:

    raven hair.

Origin of raven:

bef. 900; ME; OE hrǣfn, c. OHG (h)raban, ON hrafn

ra′ven•like`(adj.)

rav•enˈræv ən(v.i.)

  1. to plunder.

  2. to prowl for food.

  3. to eat or feed greedily.

  4. (v.t.)to pillage:

    armies ravening the land.

  5. to devour greedily.

Origin of raven:

1485–95; earlier ravine < MF raviner, v. der. of ravineravin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. raven, Corvus corax(verb)

    large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail

  2. raven(verb)

    obtain or seize by violence

  3. raven, prey, predate(verb)

    prey on or hunt for

    "These mammals predate certain eggs"

  4. devour, guttle, raven, pig(verb)

    eat greedily

    "he devoured three sandwiches"

  5. raven(verb)

    feed greedily

    "The lions ravened the bodies"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. raven(noun)ˈræv ən

    a large black bird, known for its intelligence

Wiktionary

  1. Raven(ProperNoun)

    for a girl with raven hair, used since the 1970s.

  2. Origin: hræfn, from hrabnaz (compare raaf, Rabe, ravn), from ḱorh₂- (compare crú, corvus, šárka ‘magpie’, Serbo-Croatian ‘id.’, κόραξ), from (compare crepare ‘to creak, crack’, ‘he laments, implores’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Raven(noun)

    a large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America, and is noted for its sagacity

  2. Raven(adj)

    of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness

  3. Raven(noun)

    rapine; rapacity

  4. Raven(noun)

    prey; plunder; food obtained by violence

  5. Raven(verb)

    to obtain or seize by violence

  6. Raven(verb)

    to devour with great eagerness

  7. Raven(verb)

    to prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity

Freebase

  1. Raven

    The Raven is one of several larger-bodied members of the genus Corvus—but in Europe and North America the Common Raven is normally implied. They have black plumage and large beaks. Species are: ⁕Corvus albicollis – White-necked Raven ⁕Corvus corax – Common Raven ⁕Corvus coronoides – Australian Raven ⁕Corvus crassirostris – Thick-billed Raven ⁕Corvus cryptoleucus – Chihuahuan Raven ⁕Corvus mellori – Little Raven ⁕Corvus rhipidurus – Fan-tailed Raven ⁕Corvus ruficollis – Brown-necked Raven ⁕Corvus tasmanicus – Forest Raven Extinct: ⁕†Corvus moriorum – Chatham Raven ⁕†Corvus antipodum – New Zealand Raven Smaller-bodied species in the genus Corvus include the crows, jackdaws, and the rook.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

raven(noun)

a large black bird of the crow family.

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