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[kreyk] /kreɪk/
any of several short-billed rails, especially the corn crake.
Origin of crake
1275-1325; Middle English < Old Norse krākr, krāki crow1 Unabridged
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  • In the level meadow from among the tall grasses and white-flowering wild parsley a landrail called 'crake, crake,' ceaselessly.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • What great pomp and crake then is this they make of antiquity?

  • And when they are casten into the fyre they crake wonderfully.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • Accepting the proffered service, the body was put on the mysterious animal's back, which carried it to crake Minster.

  • crake answers crake from the meadows as they have done through the night.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • With bills under his arm and crake in hand, he went from house-row to house-row calling the miners out.

  • Two sounds are and have been heard all night—the ceaseless call of the crake and the not less ceaseless song of the sedge-bird.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for crake


(zoology) any of several rails that occur in the Old World, such as the corncrake and the spotted crake
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse krāka crow or krākr raven, of imitative origin
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