Definition of Hen harrier

1. Noun. Common harrier of North America and Europe; nests in marshes and open land.

Exact synonyms: Circus Cyaneus, Marsh Hawk, Northern Harrier
Group relationships: Circus, Genus Circus
Generic synonyms: Harrier

Definition of Hen harrier

1. Noun. A bird of prey, ''Circus cyaneus'', which breeds in the northern parts of Eurasia and America. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hen Harrier

hen's parties
hen's party
hen's teeth
hen's tooth
hen-cluck stertor
hen and chicks
hen do
hen dos
hen harrier (current term)
hen harriers
hen hawk
hen hearted
hen night
hen nights
hen of the woods
hen parties
hen party
hen pigeon
hen pigeons
hen yard

Literary usage of Hen harrier

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A history of British birds by Francis Orpen Morris (1851)
"hen harrier. WHITE HAWK. DOVE HAWK. BLUE HAWK, (MALE. ... The hen harrier is widely distributed, being found in the low and flat districts of France, ..."

2. A History of British Birds by William YARRELL, Howard Saunders, Alfred Newton (1874)
"THE HEN-HARRIER. ... is often called provincially the " Dove-Hawk," "Blue Hawk" or " Miller," and by the more general name of Hen-Harrier. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"In habits it is very similar to the hen-harrier, but it has longer wings, and its range is not so northerly, for while the hen-harrier extends to Lapland, ..."

4. The Natural History of Ireland by William Thompson, James R. Garrett, George Dickie (1849)
"On the lower skirts of these mountains, the hen harrier is still more rarely ... The hen harrier is not included in Mr. JV Stewart's published catalogue of ..."

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