from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several short-billed birds of the family Rallidae, such as the corncrake.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several birds, of the family Rallidae, that have short bills.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To cry out harshly and loudly, like the bird called crake.
- v. To boast; to speak loudly and boastfully.
- n. A boast. See crack, n.
- n. Any species or rail of the genera Crex and Porzana; -- so called from its singular cry. See corncrake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as crack.
- n. A boast.
- n. A crow; a raven. Compare night-crake.
- n. A general name for the small rails with short bills shaped somewhat like that of the domestic hen.
- To cry like a crake; utter the harsh cry of the corn-crake.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several short-billed Old World rails
Middle English, crow, probably from Old Norse krāka; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)