Definitions for: Raven

[n] large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail
[v] feed greedily
[v] eat greedily
[v] prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs"
[v] obtain or seize by violence

Webster (1913) Definition: Ra"ven, n. [AS. hr[ae]fn; akin to raaf, G. rabe, OHG.
hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr.
?. ???.] (Zo["o]l.)
A large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the
crow, but larger. It is native of the northern part of
Europe, Asia and America, and is noted for its sagacity.

Sea raven (Zo["o]l.), the cormorant.

Ra"ven, a.
Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven

Rav"en, n. [OF. ravine impetuosity, violence, F. ravine
ravine. See Ravine, Rapine.] [Written also ravin, and
1. Rapine; rapacity. --Ray.

2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

Rav"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravened; p. pr. & vb. n.
Ravening.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.]
1. To obtain or seize by violence. --Hakewill.

2. To devoir with great eagerness.

Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. --Shak.

Rav"en, v. i.
To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.
[Written also ravin, and ravine.]

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. --Gen. xlix.

Synonyms: Corvus corax, devour, gulp, guttle, pig, predate, prey

See Also: corvine bird, Corvus, eat, feed, forage, genus Corvus, seize

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