1 any rail (see RAIL(3)), esp. a corncrake.
2 the cry of a corncrake.
Etymology: ME f. ON kraacuteka (imit.): cf. CROAK

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  • Crake — Crake, n. [Cf. Icel. kr[=a]ka crow, kr[=a]kr raven, Sw. kr[*a]ka, Dan. krage; perh. of imitative origin. Cf. {Crow}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species or rail of the genera {Crex} and {Porzana}; so called from its singular cry. See {Corncrake}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crake — [krāk] n. pl. crakes or crake [ME crak < ON kraka,CROW1] any of several rails with long legs and a short bill; esp., the corncrake …   English World dictionary

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