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[kawr-bee] /ˈkɔr bi/
noun, Scot.
a raven or crow.
Origin of corbie
1150-1200; Middle English corbin < Old French < Latin corvīnus corvine Unabridged
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  • corbie messenger,” a messenger who either returns not at all, or too late.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • corbie's father and mother were among them, and corbie's two brothers and two sisters.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • Do you remember what corbie used for a berry-pail when he went out to pick fruit?

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • The joke of it was that corbie, even then, had a secret—his first one.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • There seemed to be no end of things corbie could do with that beak of his.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • Traffic on the Albert line was restored to corbie and Heilly the day after capture.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • The French army soon came in its turn to besiege and retake corbie.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • When the corbie is from home, it's like to be an ill day for wee lame lammies!

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • He joined the convent of corbie, and there he had another vision and ecstasy.

  • Now, I wadna like that we were trowed to be corbie messengers.

British Dictionary definitions for corbie


/ˈkɔːbɪ; Scottish ˈkɔːrbɪ/
a Scot name for raven1 , crow1
Word Origin
C15: from Old French corbin, from Latin corvīnuscorvine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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