nounpl. crakes or
any of several rails with long legs and a short bill; esp., the corncrake
Origin of crakeMiddle English crak from Old Norse kraka, crow
Any of several short-billed birds of the family Rallidae, such as the corncrake.
Origin of crakeMiddle English crow probably from Old Norse krāka ; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative capitalization of crake.