corn·​crake ˈkȯrn-ˌkrāk How to pronounce corncrake (audio)
: a Eurasian short-billed rail (Crex crex) that frequents grain fields

Examples of corncrake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take the corncrake, whose song was once heard frequently across Ireland. WIRED, 20 June 2023 The corncrake’s loud cry was once a common sound of summer in Ireland, but these days it can seldom be heard. Jessica Leigh Hester, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2023 But there is hope for the return of the corncrake’s call. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022

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Word History


early Scots cornecrake, from corne corn entry 1 + crake crake

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Corncrake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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