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courser1

[kawr-ser, kohr-] /ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that courses.
2.
a dog for coursing.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; course + -er1

courser2

[kawr-ser, kohr-] /ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr-/
noun, Literary.
1.
a swift horse.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French coursier < Vulgar Latin *cursārius, equivalent to Latin curs(us) course + -ārius -ary; see -er2

courser3

[kawr-ser, kohr-] /ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr-/
noun
1.
any of several swift-footed, ploverlike birds of the genera Cursorius and Pluvianus, chiefly of the desert regions of Asia and Africa.
Origin
1760-70; irregular < Neo-Latin cursōrius fitted for running, equivalent to Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. course
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British Dictionary definitions for coursers

courser1

/ˈkɔːsə/
noun
1.
a person who courses hounds or dogs, esp greyhounds
2.
a hound or dog trained for coursing

courser2

/ˈkɔːsə/
noun
1.
(literary) a swift horse; steed
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coursier, from courscourse

courser3

/ˈkɔːsə/
noun
1.
a terrestrial plover-like shore bird, such as Cursorius cursor (cream-coloured courser), of the subfamily Cursoriinae of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes
Word Origin
C18: from Latin cursōrius suited for running, from cursuscourse
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Word Origin and History for coursers

courser

n.

large, powerful horse," c.1300, from Old French corsier "fast horse, charger," literally "fast-running," from Vulgar Latin *cursarius, from Latin cursus (see course (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for coursers

courser

any of 9 or 10 species of Old World shorebirds belonging to the family Glareolidae (order Charadriiformes), which also includes the pratincoles. Most live in semideserts, where they chase insects afoot; they can, however, fly strongly with their short wings. The best-known species is the cream-coloured courser (Cursorius cursor) of Africa, a pale-brown bird with white underparts, bold eye stripes, and black wing tips. The Indian courser (C. coromandelicus) is brown with a strong face pattern. The bronze-winged courser (Rhinoptilus chalcopterus), largest of several species in sub-Saharan Africa, frequents woodlands and is chiefly nocturnal. It is about 30 cm (12 inches) long.

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