Meaning of “corncrake” in the English Dictionary

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"corncrake" in British English

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corncrakenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɔːn.kreɪk/ us /ˈkɔːrn.kreɪk/

Examples from literature

  • A corncrake jarred in a hay-field near by, and the small trouts of the brook began to jump. 
  • And out of the silver-grey fog of darkness came sounds vague and hoarse: a corncrake not far off, sound of a train like a sigh, and distant shouts of men. 
  • Corncrake sings from eve till morn, Deep in corn, a strenuous bard! 
  • From this roadside I have seldom heard the corncrake, and never once the grasshopper lark. 
  • I missed but two birds, the corncrake and the grasshopper lark, and found these another season. 

(Definition of “corncrake” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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