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Raven


RAVEN, noun ra'ven. [Heb. from its color. But this may be Latin corvus, rapio.]

A large fowl of a black color, of the genus Corvus.

RAVEN, verb transitive rav'n.

1. To devour with great eagerness; to eat with voracity.

Our natures do pursue, like rats that raven down their proper bane, a thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die.

Like a roaring lion, ravening the prey. Ezekiel 22:25.

2. To obtain by violence.

RAVEN, verb intransitive rav'n. To prey with rapacity.

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. Genesis 49:1.

RAVEN, noun rav'n.

1. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence. Nahum 2.

2. Rapine; rapacity.