harrier

1
[ har-ee-er ]
/ ˈhær i ər /
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noun

a person who or thing that harries.
any of several short-winged hawks of the genus Circus that hunt over meadows and marshes and prey on reptiles and small birds and mammals.
(initial capital letter)Military. a one- or two-seat British-American fighter, both an attack and a reconnaissance aircraft, featuring a turbofan engine with a directable thrust that enables it to land and take off vertically.

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Origin of harrier

1
First recorded in 1550–60; harry + -er1

Definition for harrier (2 of 2)

harrier2
[ har-ee-er ]
/ ˈhær i ər /

noun

one of a breed of medium-sized hounds, used, usually in packs, in hunting.
a cross-country runner.

Origin of harrier

2
1535–45; special use of harrier1, by association with hare
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British Dictionary definitions for harrier (1 of 3)

harrier1
/ (ˈhærɪə) /

noun

a person or thing that harries
any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Circus, having broad wings and long legs and tail and typically preying on small terrestrial animals: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc)See also marsh harrier, Montagu's harrier

British Dictionary definitions for harrier (2 of 3)

harrier2
/ (ˈhærɪə) /

noun

a smallish breed of hound used originally for hare-hunting
a cross-country runner

Word Origin for harrier

C16: from hare + -er 1; influenced by harrier 1

British Dictionary definitions for harrier (3 of 3)

Harrier
/ (ˈhærɪə) /

noun

a British subsonic multipurpose military jet plane capable of vertical takeoff and landing by means of vectoring the engine thrust
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