Crow shrike
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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  • Crow shrike — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crow-shrike — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun : any of several Australian butcher birds or currawongs (especially Cracticus nigrogularis, C. torquatus, or Strepera graculina) compare piping crow * * * crowˈ shrike noun A piping crow (see under ↑pipe1) • • • Main Entry: ↑crow …   Useful english dictionary

  • crow-shrike — /ˈkroʊ ʃraɪk/ (say kroh shruyk) noun (formerly) a name applied, with varying distinguishing epithets as black, grey, etc., to various butcherbirds, currawongs, or Australian magpies. See piping shrike. {crow1 + shrike, from the resemblance to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Piping crow shrike — Piping Pip ing (p[imac]p [i^]ng), a. [From {Pipe}, v.] 1. Playing on a musical pipe. Lowing herds and piping swains. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Peaceful; favorable to, or characterized by, the music of the pipe rather than of the drum and fife.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piping crow-shrike — noun crow sized black and white bird; a good mimic often caged • Syn: ↑piping crow, ↑Gymnorhina tibicen • Hypernyms: ↑Australian magpie • Member Holonyms: ↑Gymnorhina, ↑genus Gymnorhina * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shrike — Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill, toothed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrike thrush — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrike tit — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crow blackbird — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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