cor·​bie ˈkȯr-bē How to pronounce corbie (audio)
chiefly Scotland
: carrion crow
also : raven

Word History


early Scots corby "raven," probably alteration (with assimilation to the suffix -y -ie) of northern Middle English corbin "raven," borrowed from Anglo-French & Old French, probably going back to a noun derivative of Latin corvīnus "of a raven" — more at corvine

Note: For -b- for Latin -v- cf. note at corbel entry 1.

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corbie was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Corbie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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