pl. 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 kraka; see ger&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative capitalization of crake.