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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crow-bait an emaciated horse likely soon to become carrion and so attractive to crows
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crow-bait An emaciated or decrepit horse, as likely soon to become carrion, and so attractive to crows.
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In literature:

We were some relieved to find the family all right, but Texas Pete had bored one of them poor old crow-bait hosses plumb through the head.
"Arizona Nights" by Stewart Edward White
For a few years I had crows, but their nests are an irresistible bait for boys, and their settlement was broken up.
"My Garden Acquaintance" by James Russell Lowell
I haven't seen a crow-bait since I've been in town.
"The Trimmed Lamp" by O. Henry
Leave Apes to Dogges to baite, their skins to Crowes, And let old LANAM lashe him with his rimes.
"Notes & Queries, No. 19, Saturday, March 9, 1850" by Various
I climbed old crow bait and let my legs hang.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Didn't your crow-baits ever see a gas wagon before?
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
A crow, rabbit or bait of any sort; let it be up where it can be seen at a distance.
"Wolf and Coyote Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
We also used the slip-knot for birds, especially crows and magpies, which may be attracted to the snares by a bait of fresh meat or corn.
"Indian Scout Talks" by Charles A. Eastman