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night raven

noun
  1. a bird that cries in the night.
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Origin of night raven

before 900; Middle English; Old English nihthræfn, næhthræfn.
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Examples from the Web for night raven

Historical Examples

  • I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come what plague could have come after it.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare

    James Edmund Harting

  • In some parts both of England and Ireland it is known as the Night-raven, and under that title is held in the greatest fear.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • By 'raven,' the poet probably meant the night-raven, of which he had already spoken in Much Ado, ii.

  • Benedick observes to himself: I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come what plague could have come after it.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare

    Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer


British Dictionary definitions for night raven

night raven

noun
  1. poetic any bird, esp the night heron, that is most active at night
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