Definition of hen harrier in English:
A widespread harrier of open country, the male of which is mainly pale grey and the female brown.
- The tracking also showed that a peregrine falcon took a juvenile hen harrier fledged from one of the eight successful nests.
- As we enjoyed watching hundreds of them flying in to a stubble field to rest and doze in the midday sun, my wife spotted a ring-tail hen harrier quartering a beet field yet to be harvested.
- A big raptor flew low and light over the scene under the open sky, a hen harrier, a heavy-duty killer.
Mid 16th century: so named because it was believed to prey on poultry.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in India
Most popular in Pakistan