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A raven (bird).
See also Raven

English

Etymology 1

Old English hræfn, Old Norse hrafn

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
raven

Plural
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raven ({{{1}}})
  1. A common name for several, generally large and lustrous black species of birds in the genus Corvus, especially the common raven, Corvus corax.
Translations

Adjective

raven (not comparable)

Positive
raven

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of the color of the raven; jet-black
    raven curls
    raven darkness
    She was a tall, sophisticated, raven-haired beauty.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From medieval French raviner 'rush, seize by force', itself from ravine 'rapine', from Latin rapina 'plundering, loot', itself from rapere 'seize, plunder, abduct'

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
raven

Plural
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raven ({{{1}}})
  1. Rapine; rapacity.
  2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

Verb

Infinitive
to raven

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to raven (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (archaic) To obtain or seize by violence.
  2. To devour with great eagerness.
  3. To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.
The raven is both a scavenger, who ravens a dead animal almost like a vulture, and a bird of prey, who commonly ravens to catch a rodent
Related terms

See also

Appendix:Collective nouns

References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • "raven" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 [1]

Dutch

Noun

raven m. pl. (dim. raafjes)

  1. plural of raaf, the bird raven

Verb

raven (ravede, past p. geraved)

  1. to (hold a) rave, wild partying

Slovene

Adjective

raven

  1. even

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