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carrion crow

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noun
  1. a European crow, Corvus corone, that feeds on carrion.
  2. black vulture(def 1).

Origin of carrion crow

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for carrion crow

Historical Examples

  • And pray, what brought you here to-day, scenting about you like a carrion-crow?

    Roughing it in the Bush

    Susanna Moodie

  • They are very like the carrion-crow in England, but rather smaller.

  • It may have been the hue of the carrion-crow for all you know.

    Nancy

    Rhoda Broughton

  • On the other hand, who ever saw a carrion-crow with crimson eyes?

    Afoot in England

    W.H. Hudson

  • If that isn't the only fish of its kind in the seven seas, call me a carrion-crow—Tommy, we're in luck.


British Dictionary definitions for carrion crow

carrion crow

noun
  1. 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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