bird of the genus Corvus, or more broadly a synonym for all of Corvus
Crows are birds of the genus Corvus, or more broadly a synonym for all of Corvus. The term "crow" is used as part of the common name of many species.
- It is better to fall in with crows than with flatterers; for in the one case you are devoured when dead, in the other case while alive.
- Antisthenes, from Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius§ 4.
- Crows are the central bird in many mythologies. The crow is at every extreme, lives on every piece of land on earth, the most intelligent bird.
- Ted Hughes, interviewed by Drue Heinz in "Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71" in The Paris Review No. 134 (Spring 1995).
- Even the blackest of them all, the crow,
Renders good service as your man-at-arms,
Crushing the beetle in his coat of mail.
And crying havoc on the slug and snail.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), The Poet's Tale, Birds of Killingworth, Stanza 19.
- "As the crow flies"—a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line.
- William Henry Maule, J., Stokes v. Grissell (1854), 23 L. J. Rep. Part 7 (N. S.), Com. PL 144.
- So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597), Act I, scene 5, line 50.
- Light thickens; and the crow
Makes wing to the rooky wood.
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1605), Act III, scene 2, line 49.
- The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark
When neither is attended.
- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act V, scene 1, line 102.
- As the many-winter'd crow that leads the clanging rookery home.
- Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall (1835; 1842), Stanza 34.
- To shoot at crows is powder flung away.
- John Gay, Epistle IV, Last line; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 152.
- Only last night he felt deadly sick, and, after a great deal of pain, two black crows flew out of his mouth and took wing from the room.
- Gesta Romanorum, Tale XLV; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 152.