Rav·en, v. i. To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity. [Written also ravin, and ravine.]
Benjamin shall raven as a wolf. --Gen. xlix. 27.
Ra·ven n. Zool. 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.
Sea raven Zool., the cormorant.
Ra·ven, a. Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.
Rav·en n. [Written also ravin, and ravine.]
1. Rapine; rapacity.
2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.
Rav·en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravened p. pr. & vb. n. Ravening.]
1. To obtain or seize by violence.
2. To devour with great eagerness.
Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. --Shak.
n : large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped
tail [syn: Corvus corax]
v 1: obtain or seize by violence
2: prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs"
[syn: prey, predate]
3: eat greedily; "he devoured three sandwiches" [syn: devour,
4: feed greedily; "The lions ravened the bodies"
Heb. 'orebh, from a root meaning "to be black" (comp. Cant.
5:11); first mentioned as "sent forth" by Noah from the ark
(Gen. 8:7). "Every raven after his kind" was forbidden as food
(Lev. 11:15; Deut. 14:14). Ravens feed mostly on carrion, and
hence their food is procured with difficulty (Job 38:41; Ps.
147:9). When they attack kids or lambs or weak animals, it is
said that they first pick out the eyes of their victims (Prov.
30:17). When Elijah was concealed by the brook Cherith, God
commanded the ravens to bring him "bread and flesh in the
morning, and bread and flesh in the evening" (1 Kings 17:3-6).
There are eight species of ravens in Palestine, and they are
everywhere very numerous in that land.