One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A swift horse.
- ‘She lived her full complement of days, ending them at her own farm in the southwest horse country, where she bred some of the finest coursers and palfreys outside of the large established studs.’
- ‘It was a sturdy vehicle, black and drawn by two coursers.’
- ‘For information on how to enrol and pay for these courses and to find out what other coursers are available in this excellent facility right in the heart of the village call us on the same number.’
- ‘That winter-shaggy warhorse was no courser, but only a Sothoii - or someone with a prince's purse - could own its equal.’
Middle English: from Old French corsier, based on Latin cursus (see course).
A fast-running bird resembling a plover, related to the pratincoles. It is typically found in open country in Africa and Asia.
Genera Cursorius and Rhinoptilus, family Glareolidae: several species, in particular the desert-dwelling cream-coloured courser (C. cursor)
- ‘There was some evidence of signaling to predators because white-rumped species were pursued by coursers, although not in concentrated changes tests.’
Mid 18th century: from modern Latin Cursorius ‘adapted for running’, from cursor ‘runner’, from the verb currere (see course).
A person who hunts animals such as hares with greyhounds using sight rather than scent.
- ‘We ate prawn cocktails and plaice and chips and cheesecake and drank champagne and watched the hare coursers do their business.’
- ‘A few years ago we had a major invasion of hare coursers from the North East.’
- ‘Illegal hare coursing is a threat to populations because farmers cull them rather than have hare coursers on their land.’
- ‘The specialist team of six police officers had become experts in tackling illegal hare coursers and much of the work was based on intelligence received.’
- ‘I work mainly in traffic and the dog section, but I could be sent to deal with illegal hare coursers or a burglary in rural areas.’
- ‘The numbers of hares killed by coursers each year is entirely speculative as far as I can see.’
- ‘Like grouse shooters, fox hunters, lampers, hare coursers, badger baiters and of course meat eaters, anglers do what they do simply because they enjoy doing it.’
Early 17th century: from courser.
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