One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or like a raven or crow, especially in colour.‘this attractive member of the corvine family’‘in appearance they are distinctly corvine’
- ‘This corvine do-it-yourselfer sometimes fashions the tool from the left edge of a leaf and sometimes from the right.’
- ‘There are few human references on such aspects of corvine psychology.’
- ‘But again, the article is worth reading for its loving portrait of corvine life.’
- ‘It soon attracts the attention of the local corvine tribe and is mobbed by rooks and jackdaws.’
- ‘There is an unnerving, corvine inquisitiveness to his gaze.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin corvinus, from corvus ‘raven’.
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