rav·en 2 (răvən)
v. rav·ened, rav·en·ing, rav·ens
1. To consume greedily; devour.
2. To seek or seize as prey or plunder.
1. To seek or seize prey or plunder.
2. To eat ravenously.
Variant of ravin.
[From Middle English ravin, raven, rapine, plunder, prey; see RAVIN.]
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