• Of the color of the raven; jet-black

    "raven darkness"

  • "raven curls"

    "She was a tall, sophisticated, raven-haired beauty."


  • Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.
  • Rapine; rapacity.
  • A common name for several, generally large and lustrous black species of birds in the genus Corvus, especially the common raven, Corvus corax.


  • To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.

    "The raven is both a scavenger, who ravens a dead animal almost like a vulture, and a bird of prey, who commonly ravens to catch a rodent."

  • To devour with great eagerness.
  • (archaic) To obtain or seize by violence.

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