from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of prey of the genus Circus, especially the European marsh-hawk, C. cyaneus: so named from their depredations in the poultry-yard. See harrier, , and cut under Circinæ.


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  • "I'll give you one if you'll bring me down that hen-harrier," growled the man in south German; pointing to the bird that was sailing far off,

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  • The hen-harrier is still shot at intervals; but the large hawks have ceased out of the daily life, as it were, of woods and fields.

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  • Her brothers were a good deal tickled with the idea; and Lance exclaimed, 'I know who must have been rhubarb, queen-wasp, and a hen-harrier.'

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  • 'Why a hen-harrier?' asked Felix, recognising, like almost all the others.

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  • Good Hope; the chanting falcon from the same region; the ash-coloured falcon, hen-harrier, and Madagascar falcon.

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  • An eagle stood out against the sky on the blasted peak of a great oak; a hen-harrier bore in his talons a chicken to his young; large owls in hooded velvety sweep flew by her; squirrels chattered and scolded one another; large snake-headed wild turkeys strutted and gobbled in the underbrush;


  • The one in question, Lucien said, was the "marsh-hawk," sometimes also called the "hen-harrier" (_Falco uliginosus_).

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  • The one in question, Lucien said, was the "marsh-hawk," sometimes also called the "hen-harrier."

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  • For some time past, she had devoted her time to training a beautiful marsh-hawk, a bird resembling the short-winged hawk known by the name of the hen-harrier in the old books, and had nurtured it with her own hand from

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