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ra·ven 1

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.
Black and shiny: raven tresses.

[Middle English, from Old English hræfn.]

rav·en 2

v. rav·ened, rav·en·ing, rav·ens
1. To consume greedily; devour.
2. To seek or seize as prey or plunder.
1. To seek or seize prey or plunder.
2. To eat ravenously.
Variant of ravin.

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

rav′en·er n.
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(esp of animals such as wolves) voracious; predatory
voracious or predatory behaviour
ˈraveningly adv
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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"
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[ˈrævnɪŋ] ADJrapaz, salvaje
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adjbeutehungrig, räuberisch
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Being black, they conjure up a sense of terror in the minds of some and of course, down the centuries they have been symbols of war, their images often depicted upon banners carried by "ravening" armies.