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crake

[kreyk] /kreɪk/
noun
1.
any of several short-billed rails, especially the corn crake.
Origin of crake
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Old Norse krākr, krāki crow1
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  • In the level meadow from among the tall grasses and white-flowering wild parsley a landrail called 'crake, crake,' ceaselessly.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • What great pomp and crake then is this they make of antiquity?

  • And when they are casten into the fyre they crake wonderfully.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • Accepting the proffered service, the body was put on the mysterious animal's back, which carried it to crake Minster.

  • crake answers crake from the meadows as they have done through the night.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • With bills under his arm and crake in hand, he went from house-row to house-row calling the miners out.

  • Two sounds are and have been heard all night—the ceaseless call of the crake and the not less ceaseless song of the sedge-bird.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for crake

crake

/kreɪk/
noun
1.
(zoology) any of several rails that occur in the Old World, such as the corncrake and the spotted crake
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse krāka crow or krākr raven, of imitative origin
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