- a European crow, Corvus corone, that feeds on carrion.
- black vulture(def 1).
Origin of carrion crow
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for carrion crow
And pray, what brought you here to-day, scenting about you like a carrion-crow?Roughing it in the Bush
They are very like the carrion-crow in England, but rather smaller.A Popular Account of the Manners and Customs of India
It may have been the hue of the carrion-crow for all you know.Nancy
On the other hand, who ever saw a carrion-crow with crimson eyes?Afoot in England
If that isn't the only fish of its kind in the seven seas, call me a carrion-crow—Tommy, we're in luck.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
- a common predatory and scavenging European crow, Corvus corone, similar to the rook but having a pure black billSee also hooded crow
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