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Ra"ven (?), n. [AS. hraefn; akin to raaf, G. rabe, OHG. hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr. . .] Zool.

A large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger. It is native of the northern part of Europe, Asia and America, and is noted for its sagacity.

Sea raven Zool., the cormorant.

 

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Ra"ven, a.

Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.

<-- raven-haired -->

 

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Rav"en (?), n. [OF. ravine impetuosity, violence, F. ravine ravine. See Ravine, Rapine.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.]

1.

Rapine; rapacity.

Ray.

2.

Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

 

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Rav"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravening.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.]

1.

To obtain or seize by violence.

Hakewill.

2.

To devoir with great eagerness.

Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. Shak.

 

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Rav"en, v. i.

To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.

[Written also ravin, and ravine.]

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. Gen. xlix. 27.

 

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