- a short-billed Eurasian rail, Crex crex, frequenting grainfields.
Origin of corn crake
First recorded in 1545–55
Also called land rail.
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Examples from the Web for corncrake
Only the sharp cry of the corncrake broke the solemnity of the night.The Northern Iron
George A. Birmingham
The water-rail, and corncrake or land-rail, are also allied to the Gallinules.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
The hay harvest in July is a cause of much disturbance to the Corncrake.Among the Birds in Northern Shires
I'm all alone here except for my swallow and cuckoo and corncrake.
Now he never goes across the sea at all, and do you see the corncrake?
- a common Eurasian rail, Crex crex, of fields and meadows, with a buff speckled plumage and reddish wings
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