Crow, n. [AS. crwe a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. krhe; cf. Icel. krka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. crwan to crow. See Crow, v. i. ]
(Zol.) A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw.
The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is Corvus corone. The common American crow is Corvus Americanus. See
Carrion crow, and Illustr., under Carrion.
2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
Get me an iron crow, and bring it straightShak.
Unto my cell.
3. The cry of the cock. See Crow,
v. i., 1.
4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers.
Carrion crow. See under Carrion. --
(Zol.), an American bird (Quiscalus quiscula); -- called also
purple grackle. --
(Zol.), an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See Coucal. --
(Zol.), any bird of the genera Gymnorhina, Craticus, or Strepera, mostly from Australia. --
Red-legged crow. See Crough. --
As the crow flies, in a direct line. --
To pick a crow,
To pluck a crow, to state and adjust a difference or grievance (with any one).
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