ravenous

Definitions

  • Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
    Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ravenous devouring or craving food in great quantities "edacious vultures","a rapacious appetite","ravenous as wolves","voracious sharks"
    • adj ravenous extremely hungry "they were tired and famished for food and sleep","a ravenous boy","the family was starved and ragged","fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory enemy"
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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.
    • Ravenous Devouring with rapacious eagerness; furiously voracious; hungry even to rage; as, a ravenous wolf or vulture.
    • Ravenous Eager for prey or gratification; as, a ravenous appetite or desire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ravenous Furiously voracious; hungry even to rage; devouring with rapacious eagerness: as, a ravenous wolf, lion, or vulture; to be ravenous with hunger.
    • ravenous Greedily eager for gratification; tending to rapacity or voracity: as, ravenous appetite or desire.
    • ravenous Synonyms Voracious, etc. See rapacious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Ravenous voracious: devouring with rapacity: eager for prey or gratification
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Quotations

  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From 2d Raven
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ravine, plunder—L. rapina, plunder.

Usage

In literature:

But, even for the angels, we will never forget His dear ravens.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878" by Various
Many thousands of ravens and crows, O Bharata, proceeded sporting on the front of Arjuna's car.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
As the bridal chariot approached one of the city gates, two black ravens hovered over it, and then flew away, and settled on a tree.
"Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
Oh, revere her raven hair!
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
That he, Pee-wee Harris, mascot of the Raven Patrol, First Bridgeboro Troop, should have come to this!
"Pee-wee Harris on the Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There was the figure of a raven woven or embroidered on the banner.
"King Alfred of England" by Jacob Abbott
The raven crew threatened trampling.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
A solitary raven discovered us, and began to circle and croak and flop.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Demons might possess the pig, the goat, the horse, the lion, or the ibis, the raven, or the hawk.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Her raven hair was ably parted and flattened on either side of her well-shaped head.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
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In poetry:

Ladies who in chains of wedlock
Chafe at an unequal yoke,
Not to nightingales give hearing;
Better this, the raven's croak.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
Bravely said; yet men have spoken
Just as bravely long ago,
When the hair had raven blackness
Which is now as white as snow;
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
"There let it rest, my peerless one,"
Her noble husband said;
"And take the lustrous pearls I bring,
Thy raven hair to braid.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
Grief may have thought it was grief.
Care may have thought it was care.
But neither one was the thief
Of his raven color of hair.
"They Were Welcome To Their Belief" by Robert Frost
Thunder-browed and shaggy-throated
All the men were there,
And the women with the hair
That is the raven's and the rook's despair.
"The Rising of Glyndwr" by R S Thomas
Still nearer sail'd the undaunted bird,
Its destin'd deed undone,
And when its ravenous scream she heard
The mother join'd her son.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley

In news:

Satyricon With Ravenous Hunger volcano.
His team didn't stand a chance even though they were spotted 50 points by the Maryland Ravens, a professional wheelchair team.
Ravens focused on the wrong body part .
Kyle Boller started his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens.
Former first-round pick in town for workout with Ravens along with Dennis Dixon.
Could the Ravens give Kyle Boller another chance.
Cal QB Kyle Boller (right) celebrates with friends and family his selection by the Baltimore Ravens.
Phil Savage, the Baltimore Ravens' personnel director, had a wild thought during his Saturday morning jog: What if we can somehow get two of the top 10 picks on our board.
Foundation says Ravens safety was under the weather.
Breaking down Sunday's Ravens-Steelers matchup with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette .
First Ever Ravens-Steelers 5K Scheduled.
Branch was hurt during last Sunday's 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Evan Mathis is staying overnight in Baltimore, the Ravens are schmoozing the guard, and the Eagles can do nothing more than wait and hope.
After helpless San Diego showing, Ravens now need familiar help down stretch.
As fullbacks become increasingly rare, Ravens' Vonta Leach stays relevant.
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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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