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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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British Dictionary definitions for harriers

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 harriers

harrier

n.

1540s, from Middle English hayrer "small hunting dog" (c.1400), possibly from Middle French errier "wanderer" [Barnhart], or associated with hare, which they would have hunted. The hawk genus (1550s) is from harry (v.), which also is a candidate for the source of the dog name.

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