What does raven mean?

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ˈræv ənraven

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raven, Corvus coraxverb

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

  2. ravenverb

    obtain or seize by violence

  3. raven, prey, predateverb

    prey on or hunt for

    "These mammals predate certain eggs"

  4. devour, guttle, raven, pigverb

    eat greedily

    "he devoured three sandwiches"

  5. ravenverb

    feed greedily

    "The lions ravened the bodies"


  1. Ravennoun

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

  2. Etymology: 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’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RAVENnoun

    A large black fowl.

    Etymology: hræfn , Saxon.

    The raven himself is hoarse
    That crokes the fatal entrance of Duncan
    Under my battlements. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Come thou day in night,
    For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night,
    Whiter than snow upon a raven ’s back. William Shakespeare.

    I have seen a perfectly white raven, as to bill as well as feathers. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    He made the greedy ravens to be Elias’ caterers, and bring him food. Charles I .

    On sev’ral parts a sev’ral praise bestows,
    The ruby lips, and well-proportion’d nose,
    The snowy skin, the raven glossy hair,
    The dimpled cheek. John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia.

    The raven once in snowy plumes was drest,
    White as the whitest dove’s unsully’d breast,
    His tongue, his prating tongue had chang’d him quite
    To sooty blackness from the purest white. Addison.

  2. To Ravenverb

    To devour with great eagerness and rapacity.

    Etymology: ræfian , Saxon, to rob.

    Thriftless ambition! that will raven up
    Thine own life’s means. William Shakespeare.

    Our natures do pursue,
    Like rats that raven down their proper bane,
    A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. William Shakespeare.

    The cloyed will
    That satiate, yet unsatisfied desire, that tub
    Both fill’d and running, ravening first the lamb,
    Longs after for the garbage. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    There is a conspiracy of the prophets, like a roaring lion ravening the prey. Ezek. xxii. 25.

  3. To Ravenverb

    To prey with rapacity.

    Benjamin shall raven as a wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. Gen.

    The Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup; but their inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Luke xi.

    They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. Psalm xxii. 13.

    The more they fed, they raven’d still for more,
    They drain’d from Dan, and left Beersheba poor;
    But when some lay-preferment fell by chance,
    The Gourmands made it their inheritance. Dryden.

    Convulsions rack man’s nerves and cares his breast,
    His flying life is chas’d by rav’ning pains
    Through all his doubles in the winding veins. Richard Blackmore.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ravennoun

    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. Ravenadjective

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

  3. Ravennoun

    rapine; rapacity

  4. Ravennoun

    prey; plunder; food obtained by violence

  5. Ravenverb

    to obtain or seize by violence

  6. Ravenverb

    to devour with great eagerness

  7. Ravenverb

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

  8. Etymology: [Written also ravin, and ravine.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Raven

    rā′vn, n. a kind of crow, noted for its croak and glossy black plumage.—adj. black, like a raven.—adj. Rā′ven-col′oured (Shak.).—ns. Rā′ven's-duck, fine hempen sail-cloth; Rā′venstone, a gallows. [A.S. hræfn; Ice. hrafn, Dut. raaf.]

  2. Raven

    Ravin (B.), rav′n, v.t. to obtain by violence: to devour with great eagerness or voracity.—v.i. to prey rapaciously.—n. prey: plunder.—ns. Rav′ener, a plunderer; Rav′ening (B.), eagerness for plunder.—adjs. Rav′enous, Rav′ined, voracious: devouring with rapacity: eager for prey or gratification.—adv. Rav′enously.—n. Rav′enousness. [O. Fr. ravine, plunder—L. rapina, plunder.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raven in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of raven in a Sentence

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.

  2. Gary Marsh:

    There is only one Raven -- and for over 25 years, she has blessed audiences around the world with the greatest gift of all -- the pure, unadulterated joy of laugh-out-loud funny, after being a part of over 20 different Disney projects, we are thrilled to be bringing Raven home to Disney Channel once again.

  3. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?

  4. Jamal Lewis:

    George Gojkovich/Getty Images's a sad day to be a Raven I must say.

  5. Nick Longrich:

    The fossil record is incomplete enough that if you’re in a new area or a new time, there’s a fair chance that the dinosaurs there are going to be distinct, Steven Jasinski said. For instance, scientists might discover a toe from a brand new species, but such subtle differences may be unrecognizable or impossible to prove. [ T ] hings that we call separate species today would be very, very hard to tell apart based on their skeleton( crow versus raven, for example).

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    • C. aberrate
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