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harrier (breed of dog)

harrier, breed of medium-sized hound whose origin is obscure but whose existence in England dates from the 13th cent. It stands from 19 to 21 in. (48.3–53.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 40 to 50 lb (18.1–22.7 kg). Its short, dense coat is glossy and usually a combination of black, tan, and white in color. Many authorities believe the harrier to be a descendant of hounds brought to England by the Normans. However, the dog we know today is most probably a bred-down version of the foxhound (see English foxhound), of which it is an exact replica except for its smaller size. The harrier was originally and still is used in packs to hunt hares. In England, this sport had a much broader-based popularity than foxhunting since harriers can be followed on foot. Today it is also kept as a house pet. See dog.

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harrier

har·ri·er1 / ˈharēər/ • n. a person who engages in persistent attacks on others or incursions into their land. har·ri·er2 • n. a hound of a breed used for hunting hares. ∎  a cross-country runner. har·ri·er3 • n. a long-winged, slender-bodied bird of prey (genus Circus, family Accipitridae) with low quartering flight.

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harrier Bird of prey. Active by day, it frequents grasslands where it swoops on small animals. It has a small bill and long wings, legs and tail. Length: 38–50cm (15–20in). Family Accipitridae; genus Circus.

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harrier1 hound for hunting the hare XVI; member of a hare-and-hounds team XIX. Early forms hayrere, heirere, f. hayre HARE + -ER1; assim. to next.

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harrier2 one who harries; falcon of the genus Circus. XVI. (In the second sense, early forms har(r)oer, harrower.) f. HARROW1, HARRY + -ER1.

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harrier (bird)

harrier, bird: see hawk.

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