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

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

RAVEN, v.t. 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. Ezek. 22.

2. To obtain by violence.

RAVEN, v.i. rav'n. To prey with rapacity.

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. Gen 49.

RAVEN, n. rav'n.

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

2. Rapine; rapacity.



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

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

RAVEN, v.t. 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. Ezek. 22.

2. To obtain by violence.

RAVEN, v.i. rav'n. To prey with rapacity.

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. Gen 49.

RAVEN, n. rav'n.

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

2. Rapine; rapacity.

RA'VEN, n.1 [ra'vn; Sax. hræfn, hrefn or ræfn; G. rabe; D. raaf; Qu. Heb. ערב, from its color. But this maybe L. corvus. The Saxon orthography would indicate that this fowl is named from pilfering; hreafian, reafian, to plunder, to rob, L. rapio.]

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


RAV'EN, n.2 [ra'vn.]

  1. Prey; plunder; food obtained by vice fence. – Nah. ii.
  2. Rapine; rapacity. – Ray.

RAV'EN, v.i. [rav'n.]

To prey with rapacity. Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. – Gen. xlix.


RAV'EN, v.t. [rav'n; G. rauben; Dan. röver; Sw. roffa, rofva, to rob; Sax. reafian, hreafian. But it is more nearly allied to رَفً raffa, to eat much, to pluck off in feeding. Class Rb, No. 12. See No. 18, 19, 34.]

  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. – Shak. Like a roaring lion ravening the prey. – Ezek. xxii.
  2. To obtain by violence.

Ra"ven
  1. A large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America, and is noted for its sagacity.

    Sea raven (Zoöl.), the cormorant.

  2. Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.
  3. Rapine; rapacity.

    Ray.
  4. To obtain or seize by violence.

    Hakewill.
  5. To prey with rapacity] to be greedy; to show rapacity.

    [Written also ravin, and ravine.]

    Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. Gen. xlix. 27.

  6. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.
  7. To devour with great eagerness.

    Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. Shak.

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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.

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