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raven

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noun ra·ven \ˈrā-vən\

Simple Definition of raven

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of raven

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

Illustration of raven

Origin and Etymology 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

Rhymes with raven


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raven

adjective ra·ven

Simple Definition of raven

  • : shiny and black

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of raven

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

Examples of raven in a sentence

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



1588

First Known Use of raven

1588

Rhymes with raven


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raven

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verb rav·en \ˈra-vən\

Definition of raven

ravened

ravening

play \ˈra-və-niŋ, ˈrav-niŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to feed greedily

  3. 2 :  to prowl for food :  prey

  4. 3 :  plunder

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to devour greedily

  7. 2 :  despoil <men…raven the earth, destroying its resources — New Yorker>

ravener

play \ˈra-və-nər, ˈrav-nər\ noun


Examples of raven in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of raven

Middle French raviner to rush, take by force, from ravine rapine


First Known Use: 1530


RAVEN Defined for Kids

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raven

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noun ra·ven \ˈrā-vən\

Definition of raven for Students

  1. :  a large shiny black bird that is larger than the related crow




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raven

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adjective ra·ven

Definition of raven for Students

  1. :  shiny and black like a raven's feathers





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