corncrake

noun
corn·​crake | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌkrāk How to pronounce corncrake (audio) \

Definition of corncrake

: a Eurasian short-billed rail (Crex crex) that frequents grain fields

Examples of corncrake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These grasslands also support an even more threatened species, a shy, partridge-like bird called the corncrake, which remained silent and unseen. Washington Post, "Exploring the rich grasslands, meadows and wildflowers of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 These grasslands also support an even more threatened species, a shy, partridge-like bird called the corncrake, which remained silent and unseen. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of corncrake

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corncrake

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

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“Corncrake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corncrake. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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