• The Crow and the Pitcher
    The Crow and the Pitcher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crow express pleasure verbally "She crowed with joy"
    • v crow utter shrill sounds "The cocks crowed all morning"
    • v crow dwell on with satisfaction
    • n crow black birds having a raucous call
    • n Crow a Siouan language spoken by the Crow
    • n crow an instance of boastful talk "his brag is worse than his fight","whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade"
    • n crow the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it)
    • n Crow a small quadrilateral constellation in the southern hemisphere near Virgo
    • n Crow a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern Montana
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ye Frog & Ye Crow music Ye Frog & Ye Crow music
Ye Frog & Ye Crow lyrics Ye Frog & Ye Crow lyrics
The cock starts to crow The cock starts to crow
collapsed man watched by crows collapsed man watched by crows
crow crow
common crow common crow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A group of crows is called a murder
    • Crow A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar. "Get me an iron crow , and bring it straight
      Unto my cell."
    • Crow (Zoöl) A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw.
    • Crow The cry of the cock. See Crow v. i., 1.
    • Crow The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers.
    • Crow To make the shrill sound characteristic of a cock, either in joy, gayety, or defiance. "The cock had crown .""The morning cock crew loud."
    • Crow To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.
    • Crow To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure. "The sweetest little maid,
      That ever crowed for kisses."
      "Sennacherib crowing over poor Jerusalem."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Roosters can't crow if they can't fully extend their necks.
    • crow To cry as a cock; utter the characteristic cry of a cock.
    • crow To boast in triumph; vaunt; vapor; swagger: absolutely, or with over or about.
    • crow To utter a shouting sound expressive of pleasure, as an infant.
    • crow To announce by crowing.
    • n crow The characteristic cry of the cock: sometimes applied to a similar cry of some other bird.
    • n crow A general name including most birds of the genus Corrus and of the family Corvidæ; especially, one of the Corvinæ. See these three words. The larger kinds of crows are called ravens, especially those which have the throat-feathers lengthened, lanceolate, and discrete. The term, used absolutely, means in Great Britain the carrion-crow, Corvus corone, and in the United States the common American crow, C. americanus. The two species are so similar in all respects that they are only distinguished by slight technical characters. The plumage is jet-black, with a purplish and violet gloss or sheen, especially on the back, wings, and tail; the bill and feet are ebony-black; the base of the upper mandible is covered for a long distance with a bundle of antrorse bristly feathers, filling each nasal fossa and hiding the nostrils. The eyes are bright and intelligent, of a hazel-brown color. The feet are stout, with strong curved claws and scaly tarsi and toes. The tail is of moderate length, a little rounded or fan-shaped, of 12 broad plane feathers. The wings are lengthened and pointed, with 10 primaries. and when folded their tips fall nearly opposite the end of the tail. The length of these crows is 18 or 20 inches. Crows are among the most omnivorous of birds, eating almost everything from carrion to fruits. Some species, hence called fish-crows, are fond of fish and shell-fish, as mollusks and crustaceans. Crows usually nest in trees, where they build large bulky nests of sticks, and lay greenish eggs heavily spotted with dark colors, generally to the number of 4, 5, or 6. They are noted for their sagacity, and in populous countries become extremely wary and knowing birds, their instinct of self-preservation being developed to the highest degree by the incessant persecution to which they are subjected. Opinions differ as to their being on the whole most beneficial or most injurious to the agriculturist, but they are generally classed as “vermin,” and in some places a legal price is set upon their heads. Crows are eminently sociable birds, and however widely they may be dispersed in pairs in the breeding season, they flock at other times; and in winter, in many places in the United States, vast bands numbering hundreds of thousands assemble nightly to roost together, often flying 20 to 40 miles back to these crow-roosts at night after foraging over the country for food during the earlier hours of the day. The common American fish-crow is C. ossifragus or C. maritimus, an undersized species inhabiting southerly parts of the United States, especially coastwise, and feeding much on shell-fish. The northwestern fish-crow is C. caurinus, a similar though distinct species. The white-necked crow or raven is C. cryptoleucus, of western parts of the United States, in which the plumage of the neck beneath the black surface is snowy-white. A number of small crows resembling the fish-crow inhabit the West Indies, as C. jamaicensis. In some of these the face is partially naked, a character which is also conspicuous in the European rook, a kind of crow, C. frugilegus. The European daw, C. monedula, is another kind of crow. See also phrases below.
    • n crow A name of several birds of other families. See the phrases below.
    • n crow The constellation Corvus.
    • n crow The mesentery or ruffle of a beast: so called by butchers.
    • n crow One who watches or stands guard while another commits a theft; a confederate in a robbery.
    • n crow A crowbar.
    • n crow A device for holding a gas- or water-main in position while it is tapped for a service-pipe.
    • n crow In the West Indies, particularly in Jamaica, the black vulture, Catharista atrata.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The crow is the smartest of all birds.
    • n Crow krō a large bird, generally black, of the genus Corvus, which includes magpies, nut-crackers, jays, choughs, &c.: the cry of a cock: a crow-bar
    • v.i Crow to croak: to cry as a cock, in joy or defiance: to boast, swagger (with over):—pa.t. crew (krōō) or crowed; pa.p. crowed
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Inflation is when sitting on your nest egg doesn't give you anything to crow about.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.”
  • John Lennon
    “We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.”


As the crow flies - This idiom is used to describe the shortest possible distance between two places.
Eat crow - (USA) If you eat crow, you have to admit that you were wrong about something.
If you fly with the crows, you get shot with the crows - If you wish to be associated with a particular high risk and/or high profile situation and benefit from the rewards of that association, you have to accept the consequences if things go wrong - you cannot dissociate yourself.
Nothing to crow about - If something's nothing to crow about, it's not particularly good or special.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. crāwe, a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. krähe,; cf. Icel. krāka, crow. So named from its cry, from AS. crāwan, to crow. See Crow (v. i.)


In literature:

Mr. McGregor hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scare-crow to frighten the blackbirds.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The crow turned tail and took flight of itself at finding so eager an audience.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
But a basin, however bright, is not enough to keep a crow in the dooryard; for a crow is a bird of adventure.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
As soon as the cock had swallowed the ninety-ninth seed he sprang upon the window sill, and stretched his neck and crowed with triumph.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
Even more cunning is the Australian crow.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
A smaller crow's nest.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A solitary crow flew across the sky, and cawed out its guttural note.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
And one for the crow.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The crow croaked hoarsely.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Long, maybe so, heap years, much old squaw live with Mountain Crows.
"The Sheep Eaters" by William Alonzo Allen

In poetry:

Then the crows from afar,
Where the water was good,
Came nearer, for heaven
Had given them food.
"Crows" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Be that the cok began to crow,
The day began to sprynge,
The scheref fond the jaylier ded,
The comyn belle made he rynge.
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
Your honour comes too slow?
How much then have you done?
One foot on a mole-heap, would you crow
As if you had reached the sun?
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Across the stubble glooms the wind;
High sails the lated crow;
The west with pallid green is lined;
Fog tracks the river's flow.
"Songs of the Autumn Nights" by George MacDonald
We dropped the seed o'er hill and plain,
Beneath t h e sun of May,
And frightened from our sprouting grain
The robber crows away.
"Heap High the Golden Corn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
We dropped the seed o’er hill and plain
Beneath the sun of May,
And frightened from our sprouting grain
The robber crows away.
"The Corn Song" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Bob Crowe's history lesson , Part 15.
The Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department has some new equipment to crow about and expects to have quicker response to incidents on waterways in Washington and Wood counties.
Parenthetical Girls, Neal Morgan, Rocky & The Proms, Prescription Pills, The Crow, Golden Spun, Ultimate Woman, DJ Bill Portland.
View full size Ted Crow, The PD The summer season has pulled in, and it's honking its horn outside, where the most wonderful things await: sunny days, calming beaches, pools, drinks with little umbrellas in them.
Russell's got nothing to Crowe about.
Hyperbole about Jim Crow shouldn't obscure truth about GOP voting proposals.
It was worse than Jim Crow.
Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer Michael Brantley hit a 3-run homer to give an Indians a rare win on Saturday.
Bob McDonnell last week crowed about Virginia's budget "surplus" of $129.2 million.
Joanne Faryon, KPBS and Kevin Crowe, Watchdog Institute.
Crow Wing County staff reported a research project into the amount of impervious surface on studied lakes surprised them.
California rockers Incubus will release their fifth record, A Crow Left of the Murder, on February 3rd.
View full size Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer The century-old rotunda and gutted 28-story tower of the Ameritrust complex are among the properties Cuyahoga County will be looking to unload.
"Today," she crowed, "Oklahoma is one of the nation's key energy producers and job creators.".
Russell Crowe, who doesn't need a beautiful mind for this movie, heads an odd, interesting cast of kung fu masters in "The Man With the Iron Fists./".

In science:

The weather, a crow landing on the television antenna, interference from a neighbor’s microwave — these are sources of noise, the channel conditions for our transmission.
The transmission sense of information
If the replication and mutation are treated as independent processes unlike in (2) and (7), we obtain the Crow-Kimura model [9, 8] in which it is assumed that the replication process is error-free and mutations occur due to external factors such as radiation.
Nonlinear deterministic equations in biological evolution
The following is due to Aranda Pino and Crow.
Simple Lie algebras arising from Leavitt path algebras
Crow, The center of a Leavitt path algebra, Rev.
Simple Lie algebras arising from Leavitt path algebras
Crow JF, Aoki K (1982) Group selection for a polygenic behavioral trait: differential proliferation model.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow