Webster 1913 Edition
hræfn; akin to D.
ravn, and perhaps to L.
A large black passerine bird (
Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger, and has a harsh, loud call. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia and America, and is noted for its sagacity.
Of the color of the raven; jet black;
Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To obtain or seize by violence.
To devour with great eagerness.
Like rats that
ravindown their proper bane.
To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.
ravenas a wolf.
Gen. xlix. 27.
Webster 1828 Edition
A large fowl of a black color, of the genus Corvus.
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.
Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. Gen 49.
1.Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence. Nah. 2.