Crow Crow, n. [AS. cr?we a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. kr?e; cf. Icel. kr?ka crow. So named from its cry, from AS. cr?wan to crow. See Crow, v. i. ] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles. It has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw. Note: The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is C. corone. The common American crow is C. Americanus. See Carrion crow, and Illustr., under Carrion. 2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar. Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight Unto my cell. --Shak. 3. The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1. 4. The mesentery of a beast; -- so called by butchers. Carrion crow. See under Carrion. Crow blackbird (Zo["o]l.), an American bird (Quiscalus quiscula); -- called also purple grackle. Crow pheasant (Zo["o]l.), an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is believed by the natives to give omens. See Coucal. Crow shrike (Zo["o]l.), any bird of the genera Gymnorhina, Craticus, or Strepera, mostly from Australia. Red-legged crow. See Crough. As the crow flies, in a direct line. To pick a crow, To pluck a crow, to state and adjust a difference or grievance (with any one)., Nymphales Nym*pha"les, n. pl. [NL.] (Zo["o]l.) An extensive family of butterflies including the nymphs, the satyrs, the monarchs, the heliconias, and others; -- called also brush-footed butterflies., Firefly Fire"fly`, n.; pl. Fireflies. (Zo["o]l.) Any luminous winged insect, esp. luminous beetles of the family Lampyrid[ae]. Note: The common American species belong to the genera Photinus and Photuris, in which both sexes are winged. The name is also applied to luminous species of Elaterid[ae]. See Fire beetle., Flier Fli"er, n. An a["e]roplane or flying machine., Flier Fli"er (fl[imac]"[~e]r), n. [Form Fly, v.; cf. Flyer] 1. One who flies or flees; a runaway; a fugitive. --Shak. 2. (Mach.) A fly. See Fly, n., 9, and 13 (b) . 3. (Spinning) See Flyer, n., 5. 4. (Arch.) See Flyer, n., 4., Gadfly Gad"fly`, n.; pl. Gadflies. [Gad + fly.] (Zo["o]l.) Any dipterous insect of the genus Oestrus, and allied genera of botflies. Note: The sheep gadfly (Oestrus ovis) deposits its young in the nostrils of sheep, and the larv[ae] develop in the frontal sinuses. The common species which infests cattle (Hypoderma bovis) deposits its eggs upon or in the skin where the larv[ae] or bots live and produce sores called wormels. The gadflies of the horse produce the intestinal parasites called bots. See Botfly, and Bots. The true horseflies are often erroneously called gadflies, and the true gadflies are sometimes incorrectly called breeze flies. Gadfly petrel (Zo["o]l.), one of several small petrels of the genus Oestrelata., Gallfly Gall"fly`, n.; pl. Gallflies. (Zo["o]l.) An insect that deposits its eggs in plants, and occasions galls, esp. any small hymenopteran of the genus Cynips and allied genera. See Illust. of Gall., Gorfly Gor"fly`, n.; pl. Gorflies. [Gore (AS. gor) dung + fly.] (Zo["o]l.) A dung fly., Highflier High"fli`er, n. One who is extravagant in pretensions, opinions, or manners. --Swift., Horsefly Horse"fly`, n.; pl. Horseflies. 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any dipterous fly of the family Tabanid[ae], that stings horses, and sucks their blood. Note: Of these flies there are numerous species, both in Europe and America. They have a large proboscis with four sharp lancets for piercing the skin. Called also breeze fly. See Illust. under Diptera, and Breeze fly. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The horse tick or forest fly (Hippobosca)., Kiteflier Kite"fli`er, n. See Kite, n., 6. [Cant] --McElrath. Thackeray.