noun \ˈlärk\

Definition of LARK

:  any of a family (Alaudidae) of chiefly Old World ground-dwelling songbirds that are usually brownish in color; especially :  skylark — compare meadowlark

Origin of LARK

Middle English laveroc, laverke, from Old English lāwerce; akin to Old High German lērihha lark
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl



Definition of LARK

:  a source of or quest for amusement or adventure <thought life was a lark> <entered the race on a lark>

Origin of LARK

First Known Use: circa 1811



Definition of LARK

intransitive verb
:  to engage in harmless fun or mischief —often used with about
lark·er noun

Examples of LARK

  1. <we would rather lark about in the summer than get part-time jobs>

Origin of LARK

probably alteration of lake to frolic
First Known Use: 1813


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris)—Herbert Clarke

Any of approximately 90 species of songbirds (family Alaudidae) found throughout the continental Old World. Only the horned, or shore, lark (Eremophila alpestris) is native to the New World. The bill may be small and narrowly conical or long and downward-curving, and the hind claw is long and sometimes straight. The plumage is plain or streaked and closely matches the soil in colour. Its body is 5–9 in. (13–23 cm) long. Flocks of larks forage for insects and seeds on the ground. All species have a high, thin, melodious voice. See also skylark.


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