Origin of courser1
- a swift horse.
Origin of courser2
- any of several swift-footed, ploverlike birds of the genera Cursorius and Pluvianus, chiefly of the desert regions of Asia and Africa.
Origin of courser3
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Examples from the Web for courser
The jackal lapped the courser's blood, and moaned with exquisite delight.
I have seen it, child; a rocky wilderness, where I would not let my courser graze.'
Still the courser onward rushes, still his mighty heart supports him.
He rode like one insane, and his courser partook of his frenzy.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
At evening fall I chanced to ride, My courser to a tree I tied.Signelil
- a person who courses hounds or dogs, esp greyhounds
- a hound or dog trained for coursing
- literary a swift horse; steed
C13: from Old French coursier, from cours course
- a terrestrial plover-like shore bird, such as Cursorius cursor (cream-coloured courser), of the subfamily Cursoriinae of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes
C18: from Latin cursōrius suited for running, from cursus course
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Word Origin and History for courser
large, powerful horse," c.1300, from Old French corsier "fast horse, charger," literally "fast-running," from Vulgar Latin *cursarius, from Latin cursus (see course (n.)).
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