hen harrier definition

  • noun:
    • See northern harrier.
    • A bird of prey, Circus cyaneus, which breeds into the north areas of Eurasia and The united states.
    • a hawk (Circus cyaneus), present Europe and America; -- labeled as also dove hawk, henharm, henharrow, hen-driver, and usually, in America, marsh hawk. See Marsh hawk.
    • typical harrier of united states and European countries; nests in marshes and open land

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