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skylark

[skahy-lahrk] /ˈskaɪˌlɑrk/
noun
1.
a brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song.
verb (used without object)
2.
to frolic; sport:
The children were skylarking on the beach.
Origin of skylark
1680-1690
1680-90; sky + lark1
Related forms
skylarker, noun
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  • I read his skylark—a winged flame—passionate as blood—tender as tears—pure as light.

  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • The skylark was now going up Belfast Bay, close-hauled, but still laying her course.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • But of all his poems, the most popular, and deservedly so, is the skylark.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • But she heard the chirrup of the sparrows, the call of thrush and blackbird, and far away the hymn of praise of the skylark.

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Seaton turned to the skylark, motioning to Crane to open the door.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • Besides, we'd better eat in the skylark most of the time, to keep our cook good-natured.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • The skylark set off at as high an altitude as the Osnomians could stand.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • At length June arrived; and though winter lingered in spates, the song of the skylark and the thrush heralded the spring.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for skylark

skylark

/ˈskaɪˌlɑːk/
noun
1.
an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
2.
any of various Australian larks
verb
3.
(intransitive) (informal) to romp or play jokes
Derived Forms
skylarker, noun
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Word Origin and History for skylark
n.

the common European lark, 1680s, from sky (n.) + lark (n.1). So called because it sings as it mounts toward the sky in flight.

v.

"to frolic or play," 1809, originally nautical, in reference to "wanton play about the rigging, and tops," probably from skylark (n.), influenced by (or from) lark (n.2). Related: Skylarked; skylarking.

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