raven




A raven is a large, black bird that’s a scavenger — meaning that it likes to feed on dead animals. If someone tells you that you have “raven tresses,” they are commenting on your hair color, not your eating habits.

If you see a large group of ravens, you can call them an unkindness of ravens, or a conspiracy of ravens. Raven is also an adjective for anything that’s the glossy black color of a raven’s feathers: “His raven hair was held out of his eyes with a sweatband.” Probably the most famous literary raven is the one in Edgar Allen Poe’s spooky poem “The Raven,” especially in the repeated line, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore!'”

Definitions of raven
  1. noun

    large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail

    synonyms:
    Corvus corax
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    type of:

    corvine bird

    birds of the crow family

  2. verb

    eat greedily

    synonyms:
    devour, guttle, pig, scarf
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    type of:

    eat

    take in solid food

  3. verb

    feed greedily

    “The lions
    ravened the bodies”
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    type of:

    eat, feed

    take in food; used of animals only

  4. verb

    prey on or hunt for

    synonyms:
    predate, prey
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    type of:

    forage

    wander and feed

  5. verb

    obtain or seize by violence

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    type of:

    seize

    take or capture by force

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