skylark

skylark

[skahy-lahrk]
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:
1680–90; sky + lark1

skylarker, noun
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skylark (ˈskaɪˌlɑːk)
 
n
1.  an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
2.  any of various Australian larks
 
vb
3.  informal (intr) to romp or play jokes
 
'skylarker
 
n

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skylark
the common European lark, 1686, from sky + lark. The verb meaning "to frolic or play" is recorded from 1809, originally nautical, in ref. to "wanton play about the rigging, and tops."
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