Let's Compare Crow and Raven


Crows form the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-size jackdaws (Eurasian and Daurian) to the Common Raven of the Holarctic region and Thick-billed Raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents (except South America) and several offshore and oceanic islands (except for a few, which included Hawaii, which had the Hawaiian crow that went extinct in the wild in 2002).

crow n 1: black birds having a raucous call 2: the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it) 3: a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern Montana 4: a small quadrilateral constellation in the southern hemisphere near Virgo [syn: {Corvus}] 5: an instance of boastful talk; "his brag is worse than his fight"; "whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade" [syn: {brag}, {bragging}, {crowing}, {vaporing}, {line-shooting}, {gasconade}] 6: a Siouan language spoken by the Crow people v 1: dwell on with satisfaction [syn: {gloat}, {triumph}] 2: express pleasure verbally; "She crowed with joy" 3: utter shrill sounds; "The cocks crowed all morning"

229 Moby Thesaurus words for "crow": Homeric laughter, aphonia, artificial voice, bar, bark, bawl, be in stitches, beam, bellow, belly laugh, blare, blat, blow, blubber, bluster, boff, boffola, boom, brag, bray, break up, breathe, broken speech, broken tones, broken voice, burst into laughter, burst of laughter, burst out, burst out laughing, burst with laughter, bust a gut, buzz, cachinnate, cachinnation, cackle, call, cant hook, carol, caw, chant, charcoal, chatter, cheep, childish treble, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, choked voice, chortle, chuck, chuckle, clack, claw bar, cluck, coal, cock-a-doodle-doo, convulsion, coo, cracked voice, crank, croak, cronk, crow over, crowbar, cry, cuckoo, delight, drawl, drum, dysarthria, dyslalia, dyslogia, dysphasia, dysphonia, dysphrasia, ebon, ebony, exclaim, exult, falsetto, fit of laughter, flute, gabble, gaggle, gales of laughter, gasconade, gasp, giggle, gloat, gloat over, glory, go into convulsions, gobble, growl, grunt, guffaw, guggle, ha-ha, handspike, harshness, hawking voice, hearty laugh, hee-haw, hee-hee, hilarity, hiss, ho-ho, hoarseness, honk, hoo, hoot, horselaugh, idioglossia, idiolalia, impairment of speech, ink, iron crow, jet, jimmy, joy, jubilate, keen, laugh, laugh it up, laugh outright, laughing, laughter, lever, lilt, limb, lisp, lisping, look big, loss of voice, marlinespike, mouth, mumble, murmur, mutter, muzzy speech, nasal tone, nasalization, nearly die laughing, night, outburst of laughter, outrigger, pant, peal of laughter, peavey, pedal, peep, pinch bar, pip, pipe, pitch, prate, prize, pry, puff, quack, quaver, raven, ripping bar, risibility, roar, roar of laughter, roar with laughter, rodomontade, roll, rumble, scold, scream, screech, shake, shake like jelly, shake with laughter, shout, shout of laughter, shriek, sibilate, sibilation, sigh, sing, sloe, smoke, smut, snap, snarl, snicker, snigger, snort, sob, soot, spar, speech defect, speech impediment, split, split with laughter, squall, squawk, squeal, tar, tee-hee, thunder, titter, treadle, tremor, trill, triumph, trumpet, twang, tweet, twit, twitter, vaunt, wail, warble, whine, whisper, whistle, wrecking bar, yap, yawp, yell, yelp, yuck, yuk-yuk

Crows \Crows\ (kr[=o]z), n. pl.; sing. {Crow}. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians of the Dakota stock, living in Montana; -- also called {Upsarokas}. [1913 Webster]

Crow \Crow\, n. [AS. cr[=a]we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr[aum]he; cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr[=a]wan to crow. See {Crow}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus {Corvus}, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See {Caw}. [1913 Webster] Note: The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is {Corvus corone}. The common American crow is {Corvus Americanus}. See {Carrion crow}, and Illustr., under {Carrion}. [1913 Webster] 2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar. [1913 Webster] Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight Unto my cell. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The cry of the cock. See {Crow}, v. i., 1. [1913 Webster] 4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers. [1913 Webster] {Carrion crow}. See under {Carrion}. {Crow blackbird} (Zo["o]l.), an American bird ({Quiscalus quiscula}); -- called also {purple grackle}. {Crow pheasant} (Zo["o]l.), an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See {Coucal}. {Crow shrike} (Zo["o]l.), any bird of the genera {Gymnorhina}, {Craticus}, or {Strepera}, mostly from Australia. {Red-legged crow}. See {Crough}. {As the crow flies}, in a direct line. {To pick a crow}, {To pluck a crow}, to state and adjust a difference or grievance (with any one). [1913 Webster]

Crow \Crow\ (kr[=o]), v. i. [imp. {Crew} (kr[udd]) or {Crowed} (kr[=o]d); p. p. {Crowed} ({Crown} (kr[=o]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crowing}.] [AS. cr[=a]wan; akin to D. kraijen, G. kr[aum]hen, cf. Lith. groti to croak. [root]24. Cf. {Crake}.] 1. To make the shrill sound characteristic of a cock, either in joy, gayety, or defiance. ``The cock had crown.'' --Bayron. [1913 Webster] The morning cock crew loud. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag. [1913 Webster] 3. To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure. [1913 Webster] The sweetest little maid, That ever crowed for kisses. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] {To crow over}, to exult over a vanquished antagonist. [1913 Webster] Sennacherib crowing over poor Jerusalem. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]


Raven is the common name given to several larger-bodied members of the genus Corvus—but in Europe and North America the Common Raven is normally implied.

raven n : large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail [syn: {Corvus corax}] v 1: obtain or seize by violence 2: prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs" [syn: {prey}, {predate}] 3: eat greedily; "he devoured three sandwiches" [syn: {devour}, {guttle}, {pig}] 4: feed greedily; "The lions ravened the bodies"

106 Moby Thesaurus words for "raven": angry clouds, atramentous, batten, be ravenous, black, black as coal, black as ebony, black as ink, black as midnight, black as night, black cat, black clouds, bolt, bolt down, broken mirror, charcoal, coal, coal-black, coaly, cram, crow, dark, dark as night, dark as pitch, deep black, depredate, despoil, devour, ebon, ebony, engorge, eye hungrily, feel hungry, fleece, forage, foray, freeboot, gathering clouds, glut, gluttonize, gobble, gorge, gormandize, gulp, gulp down, gut, guttle, guzzle, halcyon bird, have a tapeworm, hunger, hunger for, ink, ink-black, inky, jet, jetty, live to eat, loot, maraud, midnight, night, night-black, night-dark, nigrous, owl, pillage, pitch, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, plunder, prey on, raid, rainbow, ransack, ravage, raven-black, ravish, reive, rifle, sable, sack, shooting star, sloe, sloe-black, sloe-colored, smoke, smut, soot, spoil, spoliate, starve, storm clouds, stormy petrel, stuff, sweep, tar, tar-black, tarry, thirst, thirst for, thundercloud, thunderhead, wolf, wolf down

Raven \Rav"en\, v. i. To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity. [Written also {ravin}, and {ravine}.] [1913 Webster] Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. --Gen. xlix. 27. [1913 Webster]

Raven \Rav"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ravened} (r[a^]v"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ravening}.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.] [1913 Webster] 1. To obtain or seize by violence. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster] 2. To devour with great eagerness. [1913 Webster] Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Raven \Rav"en\ (r[a^]v"'n), n. [OF. ravine impetuosity, violence, F. ravine ravine. See {Ravine}, {Rapine}.] [Written also {ravin}, and {ravine}.] 1. Rapine; rapacity. --Ray. [1913 Webster] 2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence. [1913 Webster]

Raven \Ra"ven\, a. Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

Raven \Ra"ven\ (r[=a]"v'n), n. [AS. hr[ae]fn; akin to D. raaf, G. rabe, OHG. hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr. ko`rax. [root]19.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster] {Sea raven} (Zo["o]l.), the cormorant. [1913 Webster]

Raven, KY Zip code(s): 41844, 41861 Raven, VA (CDP, FIPS 65744) Location: 37.09416 N, 81.86203 W Population (1990): 2640 (1062 housing units) Area: 16.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 24639

Raven Heb. 'orebh, from a root meaning "to be black" (comp. Cant. 5:11); first mentioned as "sent forth" by Noah from the ark (Gen. 8:7). "Every raven after his kind" was forbidden as food (Lev. 11:15; Deut. 14:14). Ravens feed mostly on carrion, and hence their food is procured with difficulty (Job 38:41; Ps. 147:9). When they attack kids or lambs or weak animals, it is said that they first pick out the eyes of their victims (Prov. 30:17). When Elijah was concealed by the brook Cherith, God commanded the ravens to bring him "bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening" (1 Kings 17:3-6). (See {ELIJAH}.) There are eight species of ravens in Palestine, and they are everywhere very numerous in that land.

Data Sources:

  • crow: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • crow: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • crow: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • crow: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • crow: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • raven: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • raven: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • raven: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • raven: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • raven: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • raven: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • raven: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • raven: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • raven: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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