purple grackle
Crow Crow, n. [AS. cr[=a]we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr[aum]he; cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr[=a]wan to crow. See {Crow}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus {Corvus}, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See {Caw}. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar. [1913 Webster]

Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight Unto my cell. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The cry of the cock. See {Crow}, v. i., 1. [1913 Webster]

4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers. [1913 Webster]

{Carrion crow}. See under {Carrion}.

{Crow blackbird} (Zo["o]l.), an American bird ({Quiscalus quiscula}); -- called also {purple grackle}.

{Crow pheasant} (Zo["o]l.), an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See {Coucal}.

{Crow shrike} (Zo["o]l.), 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). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • purple grackle — noun eastern United States grackle • Syn: ↑Quiscalus quiscula • Hypernyms: ↑grackle, ↑crow blackbird * * * noun : a No. American grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) with black and in the full plumaged male purplish iridescent plumage see …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple grackle — the eastern subspecies of the common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, of North America, having an iridescent purple back. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Grackle — Grac kle, n. [Cf. L. graculus jackdaw.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of several American blackbirds, of the family {Icterid[ae]}; as, the rusty grackle ({Scolecophagus Carolinus}); the boat tailed grackle (see Boat tail); the purple grackle ({Quiscalus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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