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harrier

noun har·ri·er \ 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 and Etymology of harrier

irregular from 1hare


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harrier

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

Origin and Etymology of harrier

alteration of harrower, from 1harrow


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harrier

noun

Definition of harrier

: one that harries

First Known Use of harrier

1596

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