Corvus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Corvus type genus of the Corvidae: crows and ravens
    • n Corvus a small quadrilateral constellation in the southern hemisphere near Virgo
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Corvus In astronomy, an ancient southern constellation, the Raven. It presents a characteristic configuration of four stars of the second or third magnitude.
    • n Corvus [lowercase] In Roman antiquity: A kind of grapnel used in marine warfare. It consisted of a piece of iron with a spike at the end, which by means of hoisting apparatus was raised to a certain height, projected out from the vessel's side, and then allowed to fall upon the first hostile galley that came within its range, and which was thus either disabled or grappled with.
    • n Corvus A ram, used for demolishing walls, consisting of a beam bearing a pointed iron head with a heavy hook: distinctively called the corvus demolitor.
    • n Corvus [NL.] In zoology, the central and typical genus of the Corvinæ and of the Corvidæ. It was formerly of indefinite limits, but is now restricted to such forms as the raven (C. corax), the carrion-crow (C. corone), the common crow of America (C. americanus), the fish-crow of the same locality (C. ossifragus), the European rook (C. frugilegus), and the daw (C. monedula). The species are numerous, and are found in most parts of the world. They much resemble one another, except in size, being as a rule glossy-black, with black bill and feet. See cut under crow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corvus the typical genus of Corvinæ: a hooked ram for destroying walls: a southern constellation: a grappling-hook in ancient Roman naval warfare
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. corvinuscorvus, a crow.

Usage

In literature:

Our Corvus, the crow, is the kangaroo.
"The Euahlayi Tribe" by K. Langloh Parker
Crow, American (Corvus brachyrhynchos).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
It's a short-billed snipe, a corvus, a real corvus.
"The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete" by Georg Ebers
This day one of the men shot a bird of the Corvus genus, which was feeding on some fragments of meat near the camp.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Corvus coronoides 1 2 3.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
Corvus, the, described, 120.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
Corvus corax, etc., along the water-cuts.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
What steps did Corvus take on this occasion?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Thence he was called Corvus or Corvinus.
"Young Folks' History of Rome" by Charlotte Mary Yonge
To the right of Corvus is the constellation Crater, easily recognised as forming a tolerably well-marked small group.
"Half-hours with the Telescope" by Richard A. Proctor
The kite, alang (falco), is very common, as is the crow, gadak (corvus), and jackdaw, pong (gracula), with several species of the woodpecker.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Thus Valerius slew the Gaul, and was called in consequence "Corvus," or the "Raven.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
A star taking rank as the {a} of Corvus, but its brightness of late is rivalled by {b} Corvi.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The victor was thence named Corvinus, from Corvus.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Of the genus Corvus were procured three species, two of which are apparently not described.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
In the southeast you will recognize the quadrilateral of Corvus, with the remarkably white star Spica glittering east of it.
"Astronomy with an Opera-glass" by Garrett Putman Serviss
The word courbina is Italian and means croaker, from the Latin, corvus, crow.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
Bill, nostrils, and feet as in Corvus; wings short and rounded; tail long, graduated.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
The long constellation Hydra lies south of Cancer, Leo, Crater, Corvus, Virgo, and Libra.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore
Corvus marinus, cormorants, building at Reedham upon trees from whence King Charles the first was wont to bee supplyed.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne
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In news:

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CardLogix integrates biometric software from Corvus .
Handout of Dutch marine rescue ships during a rescue operation after a collision between the Baltic Ace and the Corvus J in the North Sea ( HANDOUT, REUTERS / December 6, 2012 ).
Target a duo of challenging variable stars in the Water Snake and nearby Corvus.
The 148-meter (485-foot) Baltic Ace collided with the 134-meter (440-foot) container ship Corvus J near busy shipping lanes some 65 kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of the southern Netherlands.
Superman 's home planet actually orbits a red dwarf star called LHS 2520 and located in the constellation Corvus — 27.1 light-years from Earth.
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