There are 3 definitions of harrier in English:

harrier1

Syllabification: har·ri·er
Pronunciation: /ˈharēər
 
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noun

  • A person who engages in persistent attacks on others or incursions into their land.
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    • The harried becomes the harrier, and what starts as a friendly disagreement can turn into a struggle for life and death.

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There are 3 definitions of harrier in English:

harrier2

Syllabification: har·ri·er
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈharēər/

noun

  • 1A hound of a breed used for hunting hares.
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    • The hare would be given a head start and lay a trail with shreds of paper, to be chased by the hounds or harriers.
    • Their victim was the hare, which they hunted on foot, assisted by the harrier - a small dog bred specifically for chasing hares.
    • The Vale of Lune Hunt has been hunting hares with its pack of harriers for 110 years and many of today's hounds are descended from the hunt's original pack.
  • 1.1A cross-country runner.
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    • In the age 50 and above class, Harriers had two runners in the Ireland team.
    • Backley joined the Harriers as a six-year-old runner before turning to javelin two years later following a leg injury.
    • After racing over the Middleton hills, the runners enjoyed Harriers ' hospitality back at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.

Origin

late Middle English hayrer, from hare + -er1. The spelling change was due to association with harrier1.

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harrier3

Syllabification: har·ri·er
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈharēər/

noun

  • A long-winged, slender-bodied bird of prey with low quartering flight.
    • Genus Circus, family Accipitridae: several species
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    • Hawks, harriers, falcons, eagles, and vultures are diurnal migrants.
    • Pete takes us inside the lives and minds of all thirty-four species of diurnal raptors found in North America - hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures, the osprey and the harrier.
    • Larger species usually lay clutches of one to two eggs, where as smaller accipiters and harriers normally lay clutches of five to six eggs.

Origin

mid 16th century (as harrower): from harrow 'harry, rob' (variant of harry). The spelling change in the 17th century was due to association with harrier1.

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