Sea raven(Zoöl.), the cormorant.

(Ra"ven), a. Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.

(Rav"en) n. [OF. raviné impetuosity, violence, F. ravine ravine. See Ravine, Rapine.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.]

1. Rapine; rapacity. Ray.

2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

(Rav"en), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravening.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.]

1. To obtain or seize by violence. Hakewill.

2. To devour with great eagerness.

Like rats that ravin down their proper bane.

(Rav"en), v. i. To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity. [Written also ravin, and ravine.]

Benjamin shall raven as a wolf.
Gen. xlix. 27.

(||Rav`e*na"la) n. [Malagasy.] (Bot.) A genus of plants related to the banana.

Ravenala Madagascariensis, the principal species, is an unbranched tree with immense oarlike leaves growing alternately from two sides of the stem. The sheathing bases of the leafstalks collect and retain rain water, which flows freely when they are pierced with a knife, whence the plant is called traveler's tree.

(Rav"en*er) n.

1. One who, or that which, ravens or plunders. Gower.

2. A bird of prey, as the owl or vulture. [Obs.] Holland.

(Rav"en*ing), n. Eagerness for plunder; rapacity; extortion. Luke xi. 39.

(Rav"en*ing), a. Greedily devouring; rapacious; as, ravening wolves.Rav"en*ing*ly, adv.

(Rav"en*ous) a. [From 2d Raven.]

1. Devouring with rapacious eagerness; furiously voracious; hungry even to rage; as, a ravenous wolf or vulture.

2. Eager for prey or gratification; as, a ravenous appetite or desire.

(Rav"el*ing) n. [Also ravelling.]

1. The act of untwisting or of disentangling.

2. That which is raveled out; esp., a thread detached from a texture.

(Ra"ven) n. [AS. hræfn; akin to D. raaf, G. rabe, OHG. hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr. ko`rax. &radic19.] (Zoöl.) A large black passerine bird similar to the crow, but larger. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America, and is noted for its sagacity.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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