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

  • adj. Of, resembling, or characteristic of crows.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of crows or ravens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the crow; crowlike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having the characters of the Corvinæ or the Corvidæ; related to or resembling a crow; corviform.

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  • adj. relating to or resembling a crow


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

Latin corvīnus, from corvus, raven.

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From Latin corvīnus.


  • A woman with a corvine face is speaking at a desk, marking time.

    The Scenes Speak for Themslves

  • The Caretaker has darkened the corvine face of the chairwoman, brings out her sharp cheekbones and jaw.

    The Scenes Speak for Themslves

  • There are 12 endemic species found here, including two species, the Seychelles Scops-owl (Otus insularis CR) and the Seychelles paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone corvine CR), which are confined to single islands.

    Granitic Seychelles forests

  • How about this basket, which the healing angel found--ah, his corvine genes showing through... though really, that trait passes down equally from both his parents.

    Borg Jam

  • One of those, in turn, had some smaller black bird skipping along behind it, darting in and out as it prosecuted reprisals for some corvine trangression.

    Soldiers Live

  • The tenor of the bird's incessant natter changed suddenly, becoming pure corvine terror.

    Soldiers Live

  • In the end, the dispute could not be healed, not by the softest words of the most reasonable and coolest heads in the Clans nor by any appeals to brotherhood and solidarity. the Five Clans-now calling themselves "Taylesederas," or "Brothers of the Hawks," for their association with the corvine and raptor bondbirds they had been developing-had determined to split from the Four Clans who wished to banish magic from their lives for all time.

    Winds Of Fate

  • He watched a brace of blackbirds harass a crow who wanted nothing more than to pursue his corvine business.

    An Ill Fate Marshalling

  • "Quite so!" cries 'cute MUNDELLA, the corvine chief and conky,

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 102, February 6, 1892

  • And he spoke unto all the men and said, 'Study, ye the corvine science.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12


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  • The corvids are quite smart. They are among the most intelligent of avians in their problem solving skills, and seem to have lots of time for play and other divertiments that other birds species just can't afford because they must spend so much of their energy and time finding food and raising their young. I once watched a raven in West Yellowstone standing on the roof of a town building dropping chunks of a filched pastry on the heads of unsuspecting passersby, ostensibly just to muse at the humans' reactions. A colleague watched ravens pick paper from a dumpster on a windy day only to toss it in the air with their beaks just to watch how the paper blew away in the wind. One wonders if these anecdotes are evidence of ravens' experimentation in Newtonian physics!

    September 3, 2009

  • Avians - perhaps the only animal group where juvenile males are called "chicks". Go figure that out.

    September 3, 2009

  • Crow-like.

    December 8, 2006