Origin of crake

1275–1325; Middle English < Old Norse krākr, krāki crow1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. zoology any of several rails that occur in the Old World, such as the corncrake and the spotted crake

Word Origin for crake

C14: from Old Norse krāka crow or krākr raven, of imitative origin
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