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raven

noun ra·ven \ ˈrā-vən \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of raven

: a large, glossy-black bird (Corvus corax) that is widely distributed in northern parts of the northern hemisphere but now rare in most areas of the eastern and central U.S. and that differs from the closely related common crow chiefly in its larger size and wedge-shaped tail and in having the feathers of the throat narrow and pointed resulting in a shaggy appearance; also : any of various usually large and glossy black, corvine birds

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Origin and Etymology of raven

Middle English, from Old English hræfn; akin to Old High German hraban raven, Latin corvus, Greek korax


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raven

adjective

Definition of raven

: shiny and black like a raven's feathers
  • raven hair

Examples of raven in a Sentence

  1. a black satin dress that matches her silky, raven hair

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First Known Use of raven

1637

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raven Synonyms

Antonyms

white;

Near Antonyms

bright, brilliant, light, pale, palish;

Related Words

dark, dusky, inky;

blackish, brunet (or brunette);


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raven

verb rav·en \ ˈra-vən \

Definition of raven

ravened; ravening play \ˈra-və-niŋ, ˈrav-niŋ\
1 : to feed greedily
2 : to prowl for food : prey
3 : plunder
1 : to devour greedily
2 : despoil
  • men … raven the earth, destroying its resources
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ravener

play \ˈra-və-nər, ˈrav-nər\ noun

Examples of raven in a Sentence

  1. the rat ravened the poisoned bait just as we had hoped

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Origin and Etymology of raven

Middle French raviner to rush, take by force, from ravine rapine


RAVEN Defined for English Language Learners

raven

Definition of raven for English Language Learners

  • : a bird that has shiny black feathers and looks like a crow but is larger


raven

Definition of raven for English Language Learners

  • : shiny and black


RAVEN Defined for Kids

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raven

noun ra·ven \ ˈrā-vən \

Definition of raven for Students

: a large shiny black bird that is larger than the related crow

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raven

adjective

Definition of raven for Students

: shiny and black like a raven's feathers


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