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  • n. A bird active at night, sometimes identified with a specific species such as a night-owl or nightjar, and sometimes seen as a separate animal in its own right.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird that cries in the night; the night-heron. Also called night-crow.


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  • The planes, specifically the night-raven jet, looks like it came straight out of the Hasbro packaging.

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  • The night-raven screamed from the old oak-tree, the fox howled on the hill, the hoarse waterfall replied with its echoes; but there was no human answer.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • The hoarse night-raven, hid among the roots, startled the voyagers with

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  • The owl and the night-raven and all the birds see poorly in the daytime seek their prey in the night, but not all the night through, but at evening and dawn.

    The History of Animals

  • Further, of birds that fly by night, some have crooked talons, such as the night-raven, the owl, and the eagle-owl.

    The History of Animals

  • The eared owl is like an ordinary owl, only that it has feathers about its ears; by some it is called the night-raven.

    The History of Animals

  • One night the usurer being in bed, Robin in the shape of a night-raven [7] came to the window, and there did beat with his wings, and croaked in such manner that this old usurer thought he should have presently died for fear.

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  • [7] P. 97, l. 18. _night-raven, _ proverbially a bird of ill-omen.

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  • I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come what plague could have come after it.

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  • To "make men better" by choice dissertations about Utopias, to sit in marble halls and have a fair and fondly ardent _jeunesse dorée_ reclining about your knees while you discourse, in rounded periods, concerning the salvation of their souls by means of transcendental Love -- it would suit me well enough, at this present moment; far better than croaking, forlorn as the night-raven, among the ruins of their radiant lives.

    Old Calabria


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