- Genus Corvus, family Corvidae (thecrow family): several species, including theAmerican crow (C. brachyrhynchos) and thecarrion crow (C. corone). The crow family also includes the ravens, jays, magpies, choughs, and nutcrackers
- He said the proliferation of Corvids birds like grey crows, magpies and rooks could be directly linked to the decline in songbirds in the area.
- Large black birds like crows and grackles are often referred to as trash birds.
- We mostly saw the usual sparrows, doves, crows, chickadees, and titmice. Tons of Blue Jay are in flight right now as they are involved in a migration of their own.
- At other booths, the photographers allowed participants to reject their first photo in favor of a more flattering one, but the old crow and her minion hurried me off the set.
- ‘I'll phone our favourite old crow Edith then,’ Grandma relented.
- Hah, that old crow could forbid me all she wants, but I won't give up my archery.
Old English crāwe; related to Dutch kraai and German Krähe, also to crow2.
as the crow flies
- In a straight line: Easingwold was 22 miles away as the crow fliesMore example sentences
- It was shortly after 8pm on December 7, a cold, dry, almost still night, when two emergency calls came through to Lothian and Borders fire brigade headquarters at Lauriston Place, about a mile as the crow flies from the fire.
- But we're only about 45 miles, as the crow flies, away from New Orleans.
- By the time we reached Roman Road, only half a mile as the crow flies from our starting point, the bus was jam-packed full and sailing past the waiting queues.
- North American informal Be humiliated by having to admit one’s defeats or mistakes.More example sentences
- You will be eating crow for following a leader who has no intention of following through with his promises.
- We're having to eat crow, is what we're doing, and we might as well admit it.
- There, he needs to eat crow, apologise for his mistakes and make clear that he is turning a new page.
verb (past crowed or Britishcrew /kro͞o/)[no object]
- Funny, I thought normal roosters crowed in the morning.
- When the rooster crowed to greet the morning, Ben thought he sounded awfully close by but to find the fowl on the foot of his bed was closer than he thought!
- Here you can see women washing clothes in the river, children chasing each other in narrow lanes, chickens crowing and dogs barking at strangers.
- She will crow in delight when she spots either one of them.
- In fact, he's crowing and preening in the spotlight that he's brought to bear on his actions.
- You had to dig nuggets out from him about his career because he hated it to seem as if he was crowing but this was one incident he would talk about.
- ‘That's the spirit,’ Morgan crowed, while Jo raised her eyebrows.
- But then I shouldn't crow too much about my relative success.
- He is also a doctor, though he doesn't crow about the title.
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- Beware of the bark of a dog or crow of a cock at night, for they signify death.
- I am up like the cock's crow on Wednesdays to get ready for the bus, which picks me up at my door.
- Following sunrise comes the clanging sound of scores of church bells, coupled with the crow of roosters from the adjacent Moslem Quarter.
- They cut past their rival by mere feet and she took one hand off the wheel long enough to doff her hat and wave it with a crow of triumph.
- He crows in triumph, and both of us pull as hard as we can and the pipe gives way as half the toilet breaks off and lands on the floor.
- I let out a mental crow of delight as I discover that I can control where I'm going.
Old English crāwan; related to German krähen, also to crow1; ultimately imitative.
noun (plural same or Crows)
- We arrived at Fort Peck and learned that our Indian visitors were a war party of Crows going to fight the Sioux.
- The Crows were an offshoot of the Hidatsas, and they made summer journeys east to trade with the descendants of their forebears.
- Another mulatto trapper to achieve distinction among the Crows, at least in his own telling, was James P. Beckwourth.
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- ‘The New and Old Testaments in the Absaroki or Crow Indian Language by a Missionary of the Society of Jesus’ came into the possession of the Montana Historical Society in August 2004.
- A Lieutenant Luther Hare had ridden ahead of the column with some Crow scouts.
- As Clark and his party explored the Yellowstone, a Crow raiding party stole the horses belonging to a detail led by Sgt. Pryor.
suggested by French (gens des) corbeaux '(people of the) crows', translating Siouan apsáaloke 'crow people'.
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