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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.
References in classic literature ?
In the course of a few days they would arrive at the mountainous district infested by the Upsarokas or Crows, the tribe among which Rose was to officiate as interpreter.
And here a word or two concerning the Crows may be of service to the reader, as they will figure occasionally in the succeeding narration.
An alarm Crow Indians Their appearance Mode of approach Their vengeful errand Their curiosity Hostility between the Crows and Blackfeet Loving conduct of the Crows Laramie's Fork First navigation of the Nebraska Great elevation of the country Rarity of the atmosphere Its effect on the wood-work of wagons Black Hills Their wild and broken scenery Indian dogs Crow trophies Sterile and dreary country Banks of the Sweet Water Buffalo hunting Adventure of Tom Cain the Irish cook
The Crows were in pursuit of a band of Cheyennes, who had attacked their village in the night and killed one of their people.
This fellow will scare the crows fast enough,' said the farmer.
Many crows and other birds flew into the cornfield, but as soon as they saw me they flew away again, thinking I was a Munchkin; and this pleased me and made me feel that I was quite an important person.
One day when she was pacing to and fro under the lime trees, a black crow hopped out of a rose-bush in front of her.
I am not really a black crow, but an enchanted Prince, who has been doomed to spend his youth in misery.
A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men, but a stag's life is four times a crow's, and a raven's life makes three stags old, while the phoenix outlives nine ravens, but we, the rich-haired Nymphs, daughters of Zeus the aegis-holder, outlive ten phoenixes.
One after another the doctors came, a Crow, and Owl, and a Talking Cricket.
At this invitation, the Crow stepped out and felt Pinocchio's pulse, his nose, his little toe.
No sign of life was visible, save a big black crow winging his solitary way across a leaden field.