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raven

2 [rav-uhn]
verb (used without object)
1.
to seek plunder or prey.
2.
to eat or feed voraciously or greedily: to raven like an animal.
3.
to have a ravenous appetite.
verb (used with object)
4.
to seize as spoil or prey.
5.
to devour voraciously.
noun
6.
rapine; robbery.
7.
plunder or prey.
Also, ravin.


Origin:
1485–95; earlier ravine < Middle French raviner, ultimately < Latin rapīna rapine

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raven1 (ˈreɪvən)
 
n
1.  a large passerine bird, Corvus corax, having a large straight bill, long wedge-shaped tail, and black plumage: family Corvidae (crows). It has a hoarse croaking cry
2.  a.  a shiny black colour
 b.  (as adjective): raven hair
 
[Old English hrǣfn; related to Old High German hraban, Old Norse hrafn]

raven2 (ˈrævən)
 
vb
1.  to seize or seek (plunder, prey, etc)
2.  to eat (something) voraciously or greedily; be ravenous in eating
 
[C15: from Old French raviner to attack impetuously; see ravenous]
 
'ravener2
 
n

Raven (ˈreɪvən)
 
n
a traditional trickster hero among the native peoples of the Canadian Pacific Northwest
 
[from raven1]

ravening (ˈrævənɪŋ)
 
adj
(esp of animals such as wolves) voracious; predatory
 
'raveningly
 
adv

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raven
O.E. hræfn (Mercian), hrefn; hræfn (Northumbrian, W.Saxon), from P.Gmc. *khrabanas (cf. O.N. hrafn, Dan. ravn, Du. raaf, O.H.G. hraban, Ger. Rabe "raven," O.E. hroc "rook"), from PIE base *qer-, *qor-, imitative of harsh sounds (cf. L. crepare "to creak, clatter," cornix "crow," corvus "raven;"
Gk. korax "raven," korone "crow;" O.C.S. kruku "raven;" Lith. krauklys "crow").
"The common raven is easily tamed, but is mischievous and thievish, and has been popularly regarded as a bird of evil omen and mysterious character." [OED]
O.E. also used hræmn, hremm. The raven standard was the flag of the Danish Vikings.

ravening
1520s, the surviving prp. of an extinct verb raven "to prey, to plunder" (late 14c., implied in ravener), from O.Fr. raviner (see ravenous), and is not etymologically related to raven (n.).
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Raven definition


Heb. 'orebh, from a root meaning "to be black" (comp. Cant. 5:11); first mentioned as "sent forth" by Noah from the ark (Gen. 8:7). "Every raven after his kind" was forbidden as food (Lev. 11:15; Deut. 14:14). Ravens feed mostly on carrion, and hence their food is procured with difficulty (Job 38:41; Ps. 147:9). When they attack kids or lambs or weak animals, it is said that they first pick out the eyes of their victims (Prov. 30:17). When Elijah was concealed by the brook Cherith, God commanded the ravens to bring him "bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening" (1 Kings 17:3-6). (See ELIJAH.) There are eight species of ravens in Palestine, and they are everywhere very numerous in that land.

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To think such ravening disparity will somehow never touch you is foolish.
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