harrier


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to harrier: Harrier Jump Jet

harrier,

breed of medium-sized houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
..... Click the link for more information.
 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 foxhoundEnglish foxhound,
breed of medium-sized, swift hound perfected in England in the 17th and 18th cent. It stands from 21 to 25 in. (53.3–63.5 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 60 to 70 lb (27.2–31.8 kg).
..... Click the link for more information.
), 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 dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

harrier,

bird: see hawkhawk,
name generally applied to the smaller members of the Accipitridae, a heterogeneous family of diurnal birds of prey, such as the eagle, the kite, and the Old World vulture.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

harrier

1
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.)

harrier

2
1. a smallish breed of hound used originally for hare-hunting
2. a cross-country runner
References in periodicals archive ?
This includes Marc's brother, a bird called Manu who was tagged in the same nest and was being monitored by the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership but went missing in October with his last known location being close to a grouse moor in Northumberland.
The licence permits the removal of hen harrier eggs and/or chicks to a dedicated hatching and rearing facility, where they will be hand-reared in captivity, before being transferred to specially-constructed pens in hen harrier breeding habitat, from which they are then re-introduced into the wild in the uplands of northern England.
The hen harrier, named Manu, was one of a nest of two chicks monitored and protected by the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership and was satellite-tagged as part of the RSPB's EU-funded Hen Harrier LIFE+ project in July.
RSPB conservation director Martin Harper said: "The latest figures back up a continued trend - hen harrier numbers are on the decline throughout the UK.
The Heads Up for Harriers group hope to discover more about where the birds go in winter months.
The Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership has revealed that there have been two successful nests on Forestry Commission land in the county.
But, with major British reductions and decommissioning of Harrier squadrons and the ships they sailed on, British Harriers did not fly any more sorties in Southwest Asia.
Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE: TM)(LSE: TYT)(TYO: 7203), a Japan-based automaker, is launching its Harrier Modellista and Harrier TRD Sportivo concept vehicles at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.
A crowd of 1,500 invited guests - many former Harrier pilots - counted the magnificent jets out, then, 45 minutes later, counted them all back as they made their last landing after 41 years of illustrious service.
Flight Commander James Blackmore was the last of four Harrier GR9 pilots to roar off the deck of HMS Ark Royal, which was sailing from Tyneside to Hamburg, Germany.
Last week Defence Secretary Liam Fox looked on in shock as Kris told Mr Cameron, who was visiting his air base: "I'm a Harrier pilot and I have flown 140-odd missions in Afghanistan, and I am now potentially facing unemployment.
Marsh harrier chicks, raised successfully in a secret location this summer A female marsh harrier in flight - a bird of prey rarer than the golden eagle