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harrier1

[har-ee-er] /ˈhær i ər/
noun
1.
a person who or thing that harries.
2.
any of several short-winged hawks of the genus Circus that hunt over meadows and marshes and prey on reptiles and small birds and mammals.
3.
(initial capital letter) Military. a one- or two-seat British-American fighter, both an attack and a reconnaissance aircraft, featuring a turbofan engine with a directable thrust that enables it to land and take off vertically.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; harry + -er1

harrier2

[har-ee-er] /ˈhær i ər/
noun
1.
one of a breed of medium-sized hounds, used, usually in packs, in hunting.
2.
a cross-country runner.
Origin
1535-45; special use of harrier1, by association with hare
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Examples for harrier
  • Northern harrier is now the preferred name of what has in the past been known as a marsh hawk.
  • One species falls into the category of harriers, the northern harrier.
  • The abundance of small mammals supports mink, fox, and raptors such as the northern harrier.
British Dictionary definitions for harrier

harrier1

/ˈhærɪə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that harries
2.
any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Circus, having broad wings and long legs and tail and typically preying on small terrestrial animals: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc) See also marsh harrier, Montagu's harrier

harrier2

/ˈhærɪə/
noun
1.
a smallish breed of hound used originally for hare-hunting
2.
a cross-country runner
Word Origin
C16: from hare + -er1; influenced by harrier1

Harrier

/ˈhærɪə/
noun
1.
a British subsonic multipurpose military jet plane capable of vertical takeoff and landing by means of vectoring the engine thrust
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Word Origin and History for harrier
harrier
1542, from M.E. hayrer "small hunting dog" (1408), possibly from M.Fr. errier "wanderer," or associated with hare, which they would have hunted. The hawk genus (1556) is from harry (q.v.), which is also a candidate for the source of the dog name.
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