Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Crater and Virgo. Also called Crow2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Corvidae — ravens, crows, jackdaws and the rook.
  • proper n. A constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a crow. It lies south of the constellation Virgo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In astronomy, an ancient southern constellation, the Raven.
  • n. [lowercase] In Roman antiquity: A kind of grapnel used in marine warfare.
  • n. A ram, used for demolishing walls, consisting of a beam bearing a pointed iron head with a heavy hook: distinctively called the corvus demolitor.
  • n. [NL.] In zoology, the central and typical genus of the Corvinæ and of the Corvidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small quadrilateral constellation in the southern hemisphere near Virgo
  • n. type genus of the Corvidae: crows and ravens

Etymologies

Latin corvus, raven.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin corvus ("raven") (Wiktionary)
From Latin corvus ("raven, crow") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Early this morning, having reached a convenient spot on the south side, and at one mile and a quarter distance, we encamped just above a small creek, which we called Corvus, having killed an animal of that genus near it.

    History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I. To the Sources of the Missouri, Thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed During the Years 1804-5-6.

  • I'm spending an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what to leave in Corvus, what to revise.

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  • As I hinted at in Corvus 'original post I don't think that anyone has yet made a first person perspective game where the' camera '- your embodied view of the world - is anywhere near as flexible as our real world bodily configuration.

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  • I've just realised that one of the reasons - and there are many others - why I'm having such doubts about Corvus is that some of its political aspects are going to seem not only old hat, but copycat of the Obama phenomenon.

    Foreshadow of a novel's doom

  • Under the name Corvus corone cornix, they had long been considered a subspecies of carrion crows, but were recently elevated to species level as Corvus cornix.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • I tried to call Corvus for backup, but he was not to be found.

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  • In fact, we think Paul Kearney's so brilliant that the sequel to The Ten Thousand, which is called Corvus is being released by Solaris in November this year!

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • I've just received my 1100-page copy of Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality, since I've been tripping over my understanding - or rather, lack thereof - of physics and cosmology for the SFonal elements in Corvus.

    The quiddity of bestsellers

  • The novels, entitled Corvus and Kings of Morning, are due for delivery in 2010 and early 2011 respectively and are set in the same universe as Paul's successful The Ten Thousand, previously published by Solaris.

    News on Paul Kearney

  • As for Valerius, he was made Consul in the year following, though he was but twenty and three years of age (It was not lawful in those days that a man should be Consul till he was forty and two years of age); and he and his posterity after him had for themselves the surname of Corvus, which is, being interpreted, a crow.

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