- 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 corn crake
It is a saying in Ireland that you never see a corn-crake after the meadows are cut.
Now and again a corn-crake, moving in silence, bowed to the ground, but betrayed by its loquacity."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Somehow the Irish corn-crake has a bigger note and is much more in evidence than his English brother.
A corn-crake cried in the meadow down below, steadily, remorselessly, like the aching of a tooth.
Why, there's that little son of a corn-crake, Flickers—when once he gets talkin' in a smokin' room nothing can hold him.