a short-billed Eurasian rail, Crex crex, frequenting grainfields.
- Also called land rail.
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How to use corn crake in a sentence
Then a nightingale began to give forth its long liquid gurgling; and a corn-crake churred in the young wheat.The Dark Flower | John Galsworthy
This and the corn crake are the only two marsh birds that should properly be reckoned among house-birds.The Natural History of Cage Birds | J. M. Bechstein
She's quiet for five minutes then bursts out into song again like a chirruping cricket or a croaking corn-crake.A Popular Schoolgirl | Angela Brazil
From a distant field came the dim wheezing of a corn-crake; nearer at hand a nightingale was beginning his epithalamic welcome.The Gay Adventure | Richard Bird
And all of a sudden the solitary corn-crake cries from the wheat.Birds of the wave and woodland | Phil (Philip Stewart) Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for corncrake
a common Eurasian rail, Crex crex, of fields and meadows, with a buff speckled plumage and reddish wings
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