Definition of crake in US English:

crake

noun

  • 1A bird of the rail family, especially one with a short bill like the corncrake.

    Family "Rallidae": several genera, in particular "Porzana", and numerous species

    • ‘Occasionally the spotless crake has also been seen.’
    • ‘Binoculars are supplied so you can view the black teal, swans, dabchicks, ducks and even the spotless crake or elusive bittern.’
    • ‘Like other crakes the corncrake was more prone than most to colliding with overhead wires.’
    • ‘The inspiration for the book had come while she was sitting on a friend's balcony in Queensland, watching the endangered red-necked crake.’
    • ‘Looking over the balcony at Cassowary Lodge, Atwood watched rare red-necked crakes scratching about in the bushes.’
    1. 1.1 The rasping cry of the corn crake.

Origin

Middle English (originally denoting a crow or raven): from Old Norse kráka, krákr, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

crake

/krāk//kreɪk/