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Harlequin

(här`ləkwĭn, –kĭn): see commedia dell'artecommedia dell'arte
, popular form of comedy employing improvised dialogue and masked characters that flourished in Italy from the 16th to the 18th cent. Characters of the Commedia Dell'Arte
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harlequin

comic character in commedia dell’arte; dressed in multicolored tights in a diamond-shaped pattern. [Ital. Drama: NCE, 1194]
See: Clowns

harlequin

1. Theatre a stock comic character originating in the commedia dell'arte; the foppish lover of Columbine in the English harlequinade. He is usually represented in diamond-patterned multicoloured tights, wearing a black mask
2. (of certain animals) having a white coat with irregular patches of black or other dark colour
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Also, harlequin ducks have a life history strategy based on high survival rates, as well as a small body size when compared to other sea ducks.
We believe this shows harlequin ducks continued to be exposed to residual oil from the spill through at least 2009, twenty years after the event.
A gentle splash on the water's surface punctuates the landing of a harlequin duck on a secluded mountain stream.
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Harlequin ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cooks Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork Willamette River around the town of Oakridge.
It might not come across as a waterfowl mecca, but the Pacific Flyway offers unique waterfowl hunting, including species such as brant and harlequin ducks.
THE Welsh Harlequin Duck Society (WHDS) was launched at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival on Saturday during the Welsh Federation of Poultry Clubs Spring Show.
The society has been established by Welsh Harlequin duck breeders located in Wales, who are eager to ensure that this breed will grow in interest across the whole of the UK and beyond, enabling fellow breeders to communicate through the website.