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Figurative uses may refer to carrion crows feeding on the bodies of the dead, and the bird is also taken as a type of blackness.

A crow is the emblem of St Anthony of Egypt and St Paul the first hermit (see St Paul 2), who were brought a loaf of bread by a crow or raven.

as the crow flies as directly as possible; the expression is recorded from the early 19th century.

crow quill a quill pen made from a large feather of a crow's wing, formerly used for fine writing.

crow's foot a branching wrinkle at the outer corner of a person's eye.

crow steps the steplike projections on the sloping part of a gable, common in Flemish architecture and 16th- and 17th-century Scottish buildings.

eat crow in North American usage, be humiliated by having to admit one's defeats or mistakes (crow here is taken as a type of poor and unpalatable food).

white crow a rare thing or event, a rara avis; the expression is recorded from the 16th century.

See also on the first of March, the crows begin to search.

Subjects: Literature — Religion.


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