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Pronunciation Noun

crow (plural crows)

  1. A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.
  2. The cry of the rooster.
    Synonyms: cock-a-doodle-doo
  3. Any of various dark-coloured nymphalid butterflies of the genus Euploea.
  4. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
    Synonyms: crowbar
  5. (historical) A gangplank (corvus#Latin|corvus) used by the Ancient Roman navy to board enemy ships.
  6. (among butchers) The mesentery of an animal.
  7. (ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A black person.
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crow (crows, present participle crowing; past crowed, past participle crowed)

  1. (intransitive) To make#Verb|make the shrill#Adjective|shrill sound#Noun|sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in gaiety, joy, pleasure#Noun|pleasure, or defiance.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shake-speare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (First Quarto), London: Printed [by Valentine Simmes] for N[icholas] L[ing] and Iohn Trundell, published 1603, OCLC 84758312 ↗, [Act I, scene ii] ↗:
      Yet once me thought it [the ghost of Hamlet's father] was about to ſpeake, / And lifted vp his head to motion, / Like as he would ſpeake, but euen the / The morning cocke crew lowd, and in all haſte / It ſhrunke in haſte away, and vaniſhed / Our ſight.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, part II, page 37 ↗:
      'You are that Psyche' Cyril said again / 'The mother of the sweetest little maid, / That ever crow'd for kisses.'
    • 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “Lady Milborough as Ambassador”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, […], OCLC 1118026626 ↗, page 87 ↗:
    • 1913, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, chapter III, in Sons and Lovers, London: Duckworth & Co. […], OCLC 855945 ↗, page 48 ↗:
      Hearing the miner's footsteps, the baby would put up his arms and crow.
  2. (intransitive) To shout#Verb|shout in exultation or defiance; to brag#Verb|brag.
    He’s been crowing all day about winning the game of cards.
  3. (intransitive, music) To test#Verb|test the reed of a double reed instrument by place#Verb|placing the reed alone in the mouth#Noun|mouth and blow#Verb|blowing it.
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Pronunciation Noun

crow (plural crows)

  1. A member of a Native American tribe of southern Montana.
    Synonyms: Crow Indian
Proper noun
  1. The Siouan language of this tribe.
    Synonyms: Absaroki
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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