Crow

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. ]
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1. (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.
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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.
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2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
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Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight
Unto my cell.
Shak.
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3. The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1.
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4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers.
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Carrion crow. See under Carrion. -- Crow blackbird (Zol.), an American bird (Quiscalus quiscula); -- called also purple grackle. -- Crow pheasant (Zol.), an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See Coucal. -- Crow shrike (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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