1. large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail;
[syn: raven, Corvus corax]
1. obtain or seize by violence;
2. prey on or hunt for;
- Example: "These mammals predate certain eggs"
[syn: raven, prey, predate]
3. eat greedily;
- Example: "he devoured three sandwiches"
[syn: devour, guttle, raven, pig]
4. feed greedily;
- Example: "The lions ravened the bodies"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raven \Ra"ven\, a. Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raven \Rav"en\ (r[a^]v"'n), n. [OF. ravine impetuosity, violence, F. ravine ravine. See Ravine, Rapine.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.] 1. Rapine; rapacity. --Ray. [1913 Webster] 2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raven \Rav"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravened (r[a^]v"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravening.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.] [1913 Webster] 1. To obtain or seize by violence. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster] 2. To devour with great eagerness. [1913 Webster] Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raven \Rav"en\, v. i. To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity. [Written also ravin, and ravine.] [1913 Webster] Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. --Gen. xlix. 27. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raven \Ra"ven\ (r[=a]"v'n), n. [AS. hr[ae]fn; akin to D. raaf, G. rabe, OHG. hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr. ko`rax. [root]19.] (Zool.) A large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger, and has a harsh, loud call. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia and America, and is noted for its sagacity. [1913 Webster] Sea raven (Zool.), the cormorant. [1913 Webster]Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Raven Heb. 'orebh, from a root meaning "to be black" (comp. Cant. 5:11); first mentioned as "sent forth" by Noah from the ark (Gen. 8:7). "Every raven after his kind" was forbidden as food (Lev. 11:15; Deut. 14:14). Ravens feed mostly on carrion, and hence their food is procured with difficulty (Job 38:41; Ps. 147:9). When they attack kids or lambs or weak animals, it is said that they first pick out the eyes of their victims (Prov. 30:17). When Elijah was concealed by the brook Cherith, God commanded the ravens to bring him "bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening" (1 Kings 17:3-6). (See ELIJAH.) There are eight species of ravens in Palestine, and they are everywhere very numerous in that land.U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Raven, KY Zip code(s): 41844, 41861 Raven, VA (CDP, FIPS 65744) Location: 37.09416 N, 81.86203 W Population (1990): 2640 (1062 housing units) Area: 16.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 24639Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
106 Moby Thesaurus words for "raven": angry clouds, atramentous, batten, be ravenous, black, black as coal, black as ebony, black as ink, black as midnight, black as night, black cat, black clouds, bolt, bolt down, broken mirror, charcoal, coal, coal-black, coaly, cram, crow, dark, dark as night, dark as pitch, deep black, depredate, despoil, devour, ebon, ebony, engorge, eye hungrily, feel hungry, fleece, forage, foray, freeboot, gathering clouds, glut, gluttonize, gobble, gorge, gormandize, gulp, gulp down, gut, guttle, guzzle, halcyon bird, have a tapeworm, hunger, hunger for, ink, ink-black, inky, jet, jetty, live to eat, loot, maraud, midnight, night, night-black, night-dark, nigrous, owl, pillage, pitch, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, plunder, prey on, raid, rainbow, ransack, ravage, raven-black, ravish, reive, rifle, sable, sack, shooting star, sloe, sloe-black, sloe-colored, smoke, smut, soot, spoil, spoliate, starve, storm clouds, stormy petrel, stuff, sweep, tar, tar-black, tarry, thirst, thirst for, thundercloud, thunderhead, wolf, wolf down