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

  • 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.
  • v. To cry out harshly and loudly, like the bird called crake.
  • v. To boast; to speak loudly and boastfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as crack.
  • To cry like a crake; utter the harsh cry of the corn-crake.
  • 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.

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)



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