\ ˈkrāk How to pronounce crake (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Among its rare and exclusive wildlife are giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, finches, crakes, and species of mice found nowhere else in the world. Popular Science, "Even with international protections, the Galápagos Islands are becoming more vulnerable to humans," 21 Jan. 2020 Corn crakes usually migrate to spend the winter in the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. Richard O. Prum, New York Times, "The Passion and Peril of Birding," 23 Jan. 2018 The Cedar Beach bird was only the second corn crake recorded in New York State since Grover Cleveland was president. Richard O. Prum, New York Times, "The Passion and Peril of Birding," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of crake

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crake

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

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“Crake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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