A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles

RAVEN [1]

[noun]

1. any of several large, corvine birds having lustrous, black plumage and a loud, harsh call, especially Corvus corax, of the New and Old Worlds.

2. the divine culture hero and trickster of the North Pacific Coast Indians.

3. Astronomy: the constellation Corvus.

[adjective]

4. a lustrous black.

Etymology: Middle English; Old English hrǣfn; cognate with German Rabe, Old Norse hrafn.

RAVEN [2] [aka RAVIN]

[verb]

1. to seek plunder or prey.

2. to eat or feed voraciously or greedily.

3. to have a ravenous appetite.

4. to seize as spoil or prey.

[noun]

5. rapine; robbery.

6. plunder or prey.

Etymology: earlier ravine < Middle French raviner, ultimately < Latin rapīna - rapine.

[Lindsey Kustusch]

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