raven

Definitions

  • Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
    Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v raven feed greedily "The lions ravened the bodies"
    • v raven eat greedily "he devoured three sandwiches"
    • v raven prey on or hunt for "These mammals predate certain eggs"
    • v raven obtain or seize by violence
    • n raven large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Apotheosis of "Grip" the Raven. Drawn by D. Maclise, R.A Apotheosis of "Grip" the Raven. Drawn by D. Maclise, R.A
ELIJAH FED BY RAVENS ELIJAH FED BY RAVENS
The Three Ravens The Three Ravens
A  Raven cried "Croak!" A Raven cried "Croak!"
raven disrupts ride raven disrupts ride
The people accompany the body of the raven through the streets The people accompany the body of the raven through the streets
The knight and the raven The knight and the raven

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five NFL teams have bird nicknames: Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.
    • n Raven rā"v'n (Zoöl) 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.
    • a Raven Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.
    • Raven Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.
    • Raven Rapine; rapacity.
    • Raven To devour with great eagerness. "Like rats that ravin down their proper bane."
    • Raven To obtain or seize by violence.
    • v. i Raven To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity. "Benjamin shall raven as a wolf."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n raven A bird of the larger species of the genus Corvus, having the feathers of the throat lanceolate and distinct from one another. The plumage is entirely black, with more or less lustrous or metallic sheen; the bill and feet are ebony-black; the wings are pointed, the tail is rounded, and the nostrils are concealed beneath large tufts of antrorse plumules. The voice is raucous. The common raven is C. corax, about 2 feet long and 50 inches in extent of wings. It inhabits Europe, Asia, and some other regions, and the American bird, though distinguished as C. carnivorus, is scarcely different. There are several similar though distinct species of various countries, among them C. cryptoleucus of western North America, which has the concealed bases of the feathers of the neck snowy-white. Ravens are easily tamed, and make very intelligent pets, but are thievish and troublesome. They may be taught to imitate speech to some extent. In the wild state the raven is omnivorous, like the crow; it nests on trees, rocks, and cliffs, preferring the most inaccessible places, and lays four or five greenish eggs heavily speckled with brown and blackish shades. The American raven is now almost unknown in the eastern parts of the United States, but is still abundant iu the west. Ravens have from time immemorial been viewed with superstitious dread, being supposed to bring bad luck and forebode death.
    • n raven A kind of fish. See sea-raven and Hemitripteridæ.
    • raven Black as a raven; evenly and glossily or lustrously black: as, raven locks.
    • n raven Plunder; rapine; robbery; rapacity; furious violence.
    • n raven Plunder; prey; food obtained with rapacity.
    • raven To seize with rapacity, especially food; prey upon; ravage. See ravined.
    • raven To subject to rapine or ravage; obtain or take possession of by violence.
    • raven To devour with great eagerness; eat with voracity; swallow greedily.
    • raven To prey with rapacity; show rapacity.
    • n raven Applied in Australia to one of the larger crows, Corvus coronoides.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Raven rā′vn a kind of crow, noted for its croak and glossy black plumage
    • adj Raven black, like a raven
    • v.t Raven (B.) rav′n, to obtain by violence: to devour with great eagerness or voracity
    • v.i Raven to prey rapaciously
    • n Raven prey: plunder
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Quotations

  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hræfn,; akin to D. raaf, G. rabe, OHG. hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr. ko`rax. √19

Usage

In literature:

She said it was a raven, one of the wise old kind you read about; and that she brought it across the water.
"Fred Fenton on the Crew" by Allen Chapman
What right have you, ye ravenous birds, who were made to feed on beasts, to eat human flesh?
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
A shrewd old raven said that the fire should be roused.
"Modern Icelandic Plays" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson
To the raven gav'st thou to eat; The wolf howled on the wooded heights.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
Barley loaves, fish, and wine were for the hungry, thirsty, ravenous crowd.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
In the meantime, I will tell you of a raven which had been brought up with a dog in Cambridgeshire.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was glad, in a way, that Ceres was within flitterboat range of Raven's Rest.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Close behind leaped a gaunt, ravenous wolf, flecked with foam and perspiration.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
On the way out four foxes and some ravens were seen.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Their sons were Raven, and Thorarin, and Eindridi; they were all hopeful men, but Raven was in all wise the first of them.
"The Story Of Gunnlaug The Worm-Tongue And Raven The Skald" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

I dreamed that her eyes, bright and gladsome,
Were dark as the raven's black wing;
And I thought that upon her third finger
I placed a plain gold wedding ring.
"A Dream" by Robert C O Benjamin
'Twas a winsome woman with raven hair,
And a lovely face, and a beaming eye,
With a smile that of joy and sorrow had share,
And her form had the charms for which sculptors vie.
"Claude" by John Hartley
I saw that bosom's snow
Stain'd by the crimson gore ;
I heard that voice in woe,
That sang so sweet before :
I saw thy raven tresses torn ;
I heard thee made the ruffian's scorn.
"Hebrew Melody" by Mary Anne Browne
Carols nature, counsel men.
Different notes as rook from wren
Hear we when our steps begin,
And the choice is cast within,
Where a robber raven's tale
Urges passion's nightingale.
"The Three Singers To Young Blood" by George Meredith
And the call-over of a raven with a harp
I faintly hear in that silence, full of fright,
And, spread by winds, the winter woolen scarves
Of knights are flashing in the red moonlight!
""I had not tried the wine..."" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
How sad droop the willows by Zalal's fair side,
Where so lately I stray'd with my raven-hair'd bride;
Ev'ry light-floating lily, each flow'r on the shore,
Folds in sorrow since Laeta can see them no more!
"Laeta; A Lament" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Ravens can't dwell on defensive injuries.
No time for Texans to dwell on loss with Ravens looming.
The Ravens will hit the road again this weekend and travel outside the Eastern time zone for the first time this season.
A farmer from Rio Hondo turned to Action 4 News after he lost almost half of his corn crop due to a ravenous flock of red-winged blackbirds.
John Cusack on Channeling Edgar Allan Poe in 'The Raven'.
John Cusack in The Raven.
John Cusack plays author Edgar Allan Poe in "The Raven".
John Cusack stars in Edgar Allan Poe 's 'The Raven'.
John Cusack will play Edgar Allan Poe in the movie 'The Raven,' slated for an April release, about the writer pursuing a serial killer.
A view of the Raven Room at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond.
Tony Romo's elusiveness reminds Ravens of Ben Roethlisberger.
VIDEO Fans pay tribute to former Ravens owner Art Modell.
Ravens' Joe Flacco: 'I love the no-huddle'.
Enigmatic former Ravens tackle Jared Gaither's health remains iffy in San Diego.
Janet and Raven Abaroa (Photo Courtesy ABC News).
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In science:

Raven, Sin(2b) mixing and lifetime from Babar, paper presented at this conference. 28. A.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
Neurol. 54 (2003) 155-162. L.L. Dugan, D.W. Choi, Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury and oxidative stress. In: G.J. Siegel, B.W. Agranoff, R.W. Albers, S.K. Fisher, M.D. Uhler (Eds.), Basic Neurochemistry: Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, 1999, pp. 711-729. A.G.
Wide therapeutic time window for nimesulide neuroprotection in a model of transient focal cerebral ischemia in the rat
Agranoff, R.W. Albers, S.K. Fisher, M.D. Uhler (Eds.), Basic Neurochemistry: Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, 1999, pp. 711-729.
Effects of pyruvate administration on infarct volume and neurological deficits following permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rats
At LP11, Gerhard Raven presented the first results from LHCb , including a remarkable new measurement of the Bs–B s mixing parameters.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
Raven (on behalf of the LHCb Collaboration), “B Physi cs Results from the LHC”, presented at XXVth International Symposium on Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies, Aug 22-27 2011.
Status of the Fourth Generation - A Brief Summary of B3SM-III Workshop in Four Parts
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