noun ra·ven \ˈrā-vən\

: a bird that has shiny black feathers and looks like a crow but is larger

Full Definition of RAVEN

:  a large glossy black corvine bird (Corvus corax) of Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and America

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Origin of RAVEN

Middle English, from Old English hræfn; akin to Old High German hraban raven, Latin corvus, Greek korax
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

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: shiny and black

Full Definition of RAVEN

:  shiny and black like a raven's feathers <raven hair>

Examples of RAVEN

  1. <a black satin dress that matches her silky, raven hair>

First Known Use of RAVEN


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verb rav·en \ˈra-vən\
rav·enedrav·en·ing \ˈra-və-niŋ, ˈrav-niŋ\

Definition of RAVEN

intransitive verb
:  to feed greedily
:  to prowl for food :  prey
:  plunder
transitive verb
:  to devour greedily
:  despoil <men…raven the earth, destroying its resources — New Yorker>
rav·en·er \ˈra-və-nər, ˈrav-nər\ noun

Examples of RAVEN

  1. <the rat ravened the poisoned bait just as we had hoped>

Origin of RAVEN

Middle French raviner to rush, take by force, from ravine rapine
First Known Use: 1530

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