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A bird; a crow
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Etymology 1

From Old English crāwe. Related to Old Norse kráka, Old High German kraia, Dutch kraai.

Noun

Singular
crow

Plural
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  1. A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
  2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 267:
      He approached the humble tomb in which Antonia reposed. He had provided himself with an iron crow and a pick-axe: but this precaution was unnecessary.
  3. The cry of the rooster.
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Etymology 2

From Old English crāwan.

Verb

Infinitive
to crow

Third person singular
crows

Simple past
crowed or crew (Br. Eng. sense 1 only)

Past participle
crowed

Present participle
crowing

to crow (third-person singular simple present crows, present participle crowing, simple past crowed or crew (Br. Eng. sense 1 only), past participle crowed)
  1. To make the shrill sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in joy, gaiety, or defiance.
  2. To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
  3. To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.
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