harrier

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1har·ri·er

noun \ˈher-ē-ər, ˈha-rē-\

Definition of HARRIER

1
:  any of a breed of hunting dogs resembling a small English foxhound and originally bred for hunting rabbits
2
:  a runner on a cross-country team

Origin of HARRIER

irregular from 1hare
First Known Use: 1542

2harrier

noun

Definition of HARRIER

:  any of a genus (Circus) of slender hawks having long angled wings and long legs and feeding chiefly on small mammals, reptiles, and insects

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Origin of HARRIER

alteration of harrower, from 1harrow
First Known Use: 1556

3harrier

noun

Definition of HARRIER

:  one that harries

First Known Use of HARRIER

1596

harrier

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 11 species of hawks (subfamily Circinae; family Accipitridae) that are plain-looking, long-legged, long-tailed, and slender. Harriers cruise low over meadows and marshes looking for mice, snakes, frogs, small birds, and insects. They are about 20 in. (50 cm) long and have a small beak and face feathers that form a facial disk. They nest in marshes or tall grass. The best-known harrier is the marsh hawk (Circus cyaneus), commonly called hen harrier in Britain, which breeds in temperate and northern regions throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Other common species are found in Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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