A raven is one of several larger-bodied members of the genus Corvus—but in Europe and North America the Common Raven is normally implied. They have black plumage and large beaks.
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Famous quotes containing the word raven:
“O, it comes oer my memory
As doth the raven oer the infected house,
Boding to all!”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“I do not think that what is called Love at first sight is so great an absurdity as it is sometimes imagined to be. We generally make up our minds beforehand to the sort of person we should like, grave or gay, black, brown, or fair; with golden tresses or raven locks;and when we meet with a complete example of the qualities we admire, the bargain is soon struck.”
—William Hazlitt (17781830)