ravening


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ra·ven 1

 (rā′vən)
n.
1. A large bird (Corvus corax) of the Northern Hemisphere, having black plumage and a croaking cry.
2. Any of several similar birds of the genus Corvus, found in Africa, Australia, and southwestern North America.
adj.
Black and shiny: raven tresses.

[Middle English, from Old English hræfn.]

rav·en 2

 (răv′ən)
v. rav·ened, rav·en·ing, rav·ens
v.tr.
1. To consume greedily; devour.
2. To seek or seize as prey or plunder.
v.intr.
1. To seek or seize prey or plunder.
2. To eat ravenously.
n.
Variant of ravin.

[From Middle English ravin, raven, rapine, plunder, prey; see ravin.]

rav′en·er n.

ravening

(ˈrævənɪŋ)
adj
(esp of animals such as wolves) voracious; predatory
n
voracious or predatory behaviour
ˈraveningly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ravening - living by preying on other animals especially by catching living preyravening - living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey; "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf"; "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste for offal"
aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"
2.ravening - excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to voracious governments"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
3.ravening - devouring or craving food in great quantitiesravening - devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks"
gluttonous - given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink; "over-fed women and their gluttonous husbands"; "a gluttonous debauch"; "a gluttonous appetite for food and praise and pleasure"
Translations

ravening

[ˈrævnɪŋ] ADJrapaz, salvaje

ravening

adjbeutehungrig, räuberisch
References in classic literature ?
lowering thy keel among ravening sharks, and followed by them, open-mouthed to the chase; and this the critical third day?
The whole of society is in their grip, the whole labor of the world lies at their mercy--and like fierce wolves they rend and destroy, like ravening vultures they devour and tear
I did injustice,'' he said, ``to the thieves and outlaws of these woods, when I supposed such banditti to belong to their bands; I might as justly have confounded the foxes of these brakes with the ravening wolves of France.