- The definition of raven is something that is shiny and black.
An example of something raven is black hair.
- Raven is defined as a large black bird with a straight and sharp beak.
A large crow is an example of a raven.
A raven.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English from Old English hræfn, akin to Old Norse hrafn, German rabe from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ker-, an unverified form kor-, imitative of harsh sounds from source Glassical Greek korax, Classical Latin corvus, raven: so named from its cry
- to devour greedily
- Obsolete to seize forcibly
Origin: OFr raviner from ravine from Classical Latin rapina, rapine
- to prowl hungrily; search for prey or plunder
- to devour food or prey greedily
- to have a voracious appetite
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Origin: Middle English, from Old English hrǽfn.
verb rav·ened, rav·en·ing, rav·ens verb, transitive
- To consume greedily; devour.
- To seek or seize as prey or plunder.
- To seek or seize prey or plunder.
- To eat ravenously.
Origin: From Middle English ravin, raven, rapine, plunder, prey; see ravin.
- ravˈen·er noun