carrion crow


Definition of carrion crow

: a uniformly black crow (Corvus corone corone) occurring in much of western Europe

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Recent Examples on the Web Also known as a carrion crow, the large raptor measures 22 to 29 inches in length with a wingspan of roughly five feet. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2021 Or perhaps because owls often are attacked and harassed during the day by carrion crows, kestrels and other birds. James Gorman, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2019 Researchers will train the birds to respond to visual cues, such as flashing lights, and then figure out whether hooded and carrion crows can detect different visual contrasts. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2014

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First Known Use of carrion crow

1528, in the meaning defined above

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“Carrion crow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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