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corn crake

  1. a short-billed Eurasian rail, Crex crex, frequenting grainfields.
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Origin of corn crake

First recorded in 1545–55
Also called land rail.
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • Now he never goes across the sea at all, and do you see the corncrake?

  • I'm all alone here except for my swallow and cuckoo and corncrake.

British Dictionary definitions for corncrake


  1. a common Eurasian rail, Crex crex, of fields and meadows, with a buff speckled plumage and reddish wings
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