crake

noun \ ˈkrāk \
Updated on: 23 Mar 2018

Definition of crake

1 : any of various rails; especially : a short-billed rail (such as the corncrake)
2 : the corncrake's cry

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Origin and Etymology of crake

Middle English, probably from Old Norse krāka crow or krākr raven; akin to Old English crāwan to crow


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