corvine

adjective

cor·​vine ˈkȯr-ˌvīn How to pronounce corvine (audio)
: of or relating to the crows : resembling a crow

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Few people crow about "corvine" - it's not often you'll come across the word - but it has been part of the English language since the mid-17th century. Like most taxonomic terms, "corvine" has a purely Latin pedigree. Corvine is from Latin corvinus, which in turn is from Latin corvus, meaning "raven." (The word raven itself is from the Old English term "hræfn," which is akin to "hraban," the Old High German word for "raven," and also to "corvus.") Another word from "corvus" is "cormorant," which refers to a dark-colored seabird and comes from Old French words meaning "raven" and "of the sea."

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin corvīnus "of a raven," from corvus "raven" + -īnus -ine entry 1 — more at cornice

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corvine was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Corvine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corvine. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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