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 As if to back his point, a male corncrake started calling from a nettle bed nearby. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 These grasslands also support an even more threatened species, a shy, partridge-like bird called the corncrake, which remained silent and unseen. Washington Post, 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, 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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Last Updated

18 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Corncrake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corncrake. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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