Raven In every ancient cosmogony the precosmic generative source of all is denoted by a circle, head, or egg, which because of its abstraction in thought is always associated with darkness or blackness, as dark and night precede light. Hence we find black birds -- ravens, black doves, black swans, etc. -- associated therewith, on the principle that birds are emblematic of the movements of the peregrinating monads in both time and space, wings being the important point here, in which connection we may include the winged globe of Egypt. Noah sends out first a raven after the Ark has settled; the deluge signifies cosmic pralaya, after which begins the real creation of our earth and humanity. These cosmic birds, or the cosmic head or egg, do not dignify boundless space, but are the cosmic points or foci of evolutionary development out of which grow, as from seeds, the celestial bodies, their inhabitants, and their karmic attributes. The Raven (Corex) was also the lowest degree in the dignities of the Mithraic Brotherhood.
raven \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. xlix. 27. raven \ra"ven\ (?), n. [as. hr?fn; akin to raaf, g. rabe, ohg. hraban, icel. hrafn, dan. ravn, and perhaps to l. corvus, gr. &?;. &?;&?;&?;.] (zo?l.) a large black passerine bird (corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger. it is native of the northern part of europe, asia and america, and is noted for its sagacity.
(black). The Hebrew oreb is applied to the several species of the crow family, a number of which are found in Palestine. The raven belongs to the order Insessores, family Corvidae . (It resembles the crow, but is larger weighing three pounds; its black color is more iridescent, and it is gifted with greater sagacity. "There is something weird and shrewd in the expression of the raven's countenance, a union of cunning and malignity which may have contributed to give it among widely-revered nations a reputation for preternatural knowledge." One writer says that the smell of death is so grateful to them that when in passing over sheep a tainted smell is perceptible, they cry and croak vehemently. It may be that in passing over a human habitation, if a sickly or cadaverous smell arises, they should make it known by their cries, and so has arisen the idea that the croaking of a raven is the premonition of death.-ED.) A raven was sent out by Noah from the ark. (Genesis 8:7) This bird was not allowed as food by the Mosaic law. (Leviticus 11:15) Elijah was cared for by ravens. (1 Kings 17:4,6) They are expressly mentioned as instances of God's protecting love and goodness. (Job 38:41; Luke 12:24) The raven's carnivorous habits, and especially his readiness to attack the eye, are alluded to in (Proverbs 30:17) To the fact of the raven being a common bird in Palestine, and to its habit of flying restlessly about in constant search for food to satisfy its voracious appetite, may perhaps be traced the reason for its being selected by our Lord and the inspired writers as the especial object of God's providing care.
A raven is one of several larger-bodied members of the genus Corvus. These species do not form a single taxonomic group within the genus, but share similar characteristics and appearances that generally separate them from other crows. The largest raven species are the common raven and the thick-billed raven.
Noun 1. large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail (synonym) Corvus corax (hypernym) corvine bird (member-holonym) Corvus, genus Corvus Verb 1. obtain or seize by violence (hypernym) seize 2. prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs" (synonym) prey, predate (hypernym) forage 3. eat greedily; "he devoured three sandwiches" (synonym) devour, guttle, pig (hypernym) eat 4. feed greedily; "The lions ravened the bodies" (hypernym) feed, eat
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To obtain or seize by violence. (v. t.)
To devour with great eagerness. (v. i.)
To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity. (n.)
Rapine; rapacity. (n.)
Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence. (n.)
A large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America, and is noted for its sagacity. (a.)
Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.
Heb. 'orebh, from a root meaning "to be black" (comp. Cant. 5:11); first mentioned as "sent forth" by Noah from the ark (Gen. 8:7). "Every raven after his kind" was forbidden as food (Lev. 11:15; Deut. 14:14). Ravens feed mostly on carrion, and hence their food is procured with difficulty (Job 38:41; Ps. 147:9). When they attack kids or lambs or weak animals, it is said that they first pick out the eyes of their victims (Prov. 30:17). When Elijah was concealed by the brook Cherith, God commanded the ravens to bring him "bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening" (1 Kings 17:3-6). (See ELIJAH.) There are eight species of ravens in Palestine, and they are everywhere very numerous in that land.