harrier definition

  • noun:
    • the one that harries.
    • any one of various thin, narrow-winged hawks of genus Circus, including the marsh hawk, that victimize small creatures.
    • any one of a breed of tiny hounds originally used in hunting hares and rabbits.
    • A cross-country runner.
    • That which harries.
    • some of a number of wild birds of prey inside genus Circus associated with subfamily Circinae which fly low over meadows and marshes and hunt tiny mammals or wild birds.
    • A runner, especially, a cross nation runner.
    • some sort of dog accustomed hunt hares; a harehound.
    • One of a little variety of hounds, employed for looking hares.
    • one that harries.
    • one of the species of hawks or buzzards of the genus Circus which fly reasonable and harry tiny creatures or birds, -- as European marsh harrier (Circus æruginosus), while the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus).
    • a little sort of hound employed in looking the hare.
    • one that harries. See harry, v.
    • A bird of prey of this family members Falconidæ, subfamily Circinœ, and genus Circus.
    • a hound that resembles a foxhound it is smaller; familiar with hunt rabbits
    • hawks that hunt over meadows and marshes and prey on little terrestrial animals
    • a persistent attacker

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