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.
(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.
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
a person or thing that harries
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
a smallish breed of hound used originally for hare-hunting
a cross-country runner
C16: from hare + -er1; influenced by harrier1
a British subsonic multipurpose military jet plane capable of vertical takeoff and landing by means of vectoring the engine thrust
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.