as the crow flies


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crow 1

 (krō)
n.
1. Any of several large glossy black birds of the genus Corvus, having a characteristic raucous call, especially C. brachyrhynchos of North America.
2. A crowbar.
Idiom:
as the crow flies
In a straight line.

[Middle English croue, from Old English crāwe; see gerə- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from the resemblance of its forked end to a crow's foot or beak.]

crow 2

 (krō)
intr.v. crowed, crow·ing, crows
1. To utter the shrill cry characteristic of a rooster.
2. To exult over an accomplishment or piece of good fortune; boast. See Synonyms at boast1.
3. To make a sound expressive of pleasure or well-being, characteristic of an infant.
n.
1. The shrill cry of a rooster.
2. An inarticulate sound expressive of pleasure or delight.

[Middle English crouen, from Old English crāwan; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]

Crow 1

 (krō)
n. pl. Crow or Crows
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting an area of the northern Great Plains between the Platte and Yellowstone Rivers, now located in southeast Montana. The Crow became nomadic buffalo hunters after migrating west from the Missouri River in North Dakota in the 18th century.
2. The Siouan language of the Crow.

[Translation of terms for the Crow people in many Native American languages, such as Lakota, Yanktonai, and Santee khąγí wičhasa, crow man : khąγí , crow + wičhasa, man.]

Crow 2

 (krō)
n.
See Corvus.

as the crow flies

By a direct, straight route; from the idea that a crow always flies in a straight line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.as the crow flies - by the shortest and most direct routeas the crow flies - by the shortest and most direct route; "it's 10 miles as the crow flies"
Translations
à vol d’oiseauà vol d'oiseau
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