If you say that a place is a particular distance away as the crow flies, you mean that it is that distance away measured in a straight line. I live at Mesa, Washington, about 10 miles as the crow flies from Hanford. North American Plains Indian people of southern Montana, U.S. The Crow, whose language belongs to the Siouan language stock, were historically affiliated with the Hidatsa. Historically, they occupied the area around the Yellowstone River in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. Much of Crow life revolved around the buffalo and the horse. The Crow were prominent as middleman traders, trading horses, bows, and other items to local village Indians in return for guns and metal goods that they carried to the Shoshone in Idaho. The basic element in Crow religious life was the supernatural vision, induced by fasting and isolation. The Crow continually suffered losses from wars with the Blackfoot and Sioux and sided with the whites in the Indian wars of the 1860s and '70s. In 1868 they accepted a reservation carved from former tribal lands in southern Montana. Some 9,100 individuals claimed sole Crow descent in the 2000 U.S. census. Any of more than 20 species of black perching birds (see passerine) of the genus Corvus (family Corvidae) that are smaller than most ravens and have a thinner bill. They are named for the sound of their call. Common crows are found in North America and Eurasia. They eat grain, berries, insects, carrion, and the eggs of other birds. Crows may damage grain crops, but they also eat many economically harmful insects. At times tens of thousands roost together, but most species do not nest in colonies. Crows are considered the most intelligent of all birds (tool use is documented), and pet crows can be taught to imitate speech
black birds having a raucous call a Siouan language spoken by the Crow people the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it) a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern Montana express pleasure verbally; "She crowed with joy"
disapproval If you say that someone is crowing about something they have achieved or are pleased about, you disapprove of them because they keep telling people proudly about it. Edwards is already crowing about his assured victory We've seen them all crowing that the movement is dead. = boast
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