1A bird of the rail family with a short bill, such as the corncrake.
- Family Rallidae: several genera, in particular Porzana, and numerous species
More example sentences
- Like other crakes the corncrake was more prone than most to colliding with overhead wires.
- Binoculars are supplied so you can view the black teal, swans, dabchicks, ducks and even the spotless crake or elusive bittern.
- Looking over the balcony at Cassowary Lodge, Atwood watched rare red-necked crakes scratching about in the bushes.
Middle English (originally denoting a crow or raven): from Old Norse kráka, krákr, of imitative origin.
Definition of crake in:
- The US English dictionary