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carrion crow

a European crow, Corvus corone, that feeds on carrion.
black vulture (def 1).
Origin of carrion crow
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If that isn't the only fish of its kind in the seven seas, call me a carrion-crow—Tommy, we're in luck.

  • And pray, what brought you here to-day, scenting about you like a carrion-crow?

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • Not too strictly preserved, however, for there was my old friend the carrion-crow out foraging for his young.

    Afoot in England W.H. Hudson
  • But even the carrion-crow, following wherever human beings lead the way, never left the limits of the camp.

    Overland Tales Josephine Clifford
  • The hawk's task is over when the battle is won, and he who has but the sword for weapon is no hawk, but carrion-crow.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • The carrion-crow and chattering-crows are called here mackeraws, and are like those I described in the West Indies.

    A Voyage to New Holland William Dampier
  • It may have been the hue of the carrion-crow for all you know.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • Badb: the war-fury, or goddess of war and carnage; she was wont to appear in the form of a carrion-crow.

  • No sound is heard in that place save only the call of the carrion-crow by day, and the dismal hooting of the owl by night.

    Beasts & Men Jean de Bosschre
  • The name “carrion-crow” has been applied to the buzzard in Louisiana from an early period of its American history.

    "Gombo Zhbes" Lafcadio Hearn
British Dictionary definitions for carrion-crow

carrion crow

a common predatory and scavenging European crow, Corvus corone, similar to the rook but having a pure black bill See also hooded crow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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