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1. A dog trained for coursing.
2. A huntsman.
A swift horse; a charger.
1. (Hunting) a person who courses hounds or dogs, esp greyhounds
2. (Hunting) a hound or dog trained for coursing
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) literary a swift horse; steed
[C13: from Old French coursier, from cours course]
(Animals) a terrestrial plover-like shore bird, such as Cursorius cursor (cream-coloured courser), of the subfamily Cursoriinae of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes
[C18: from Latin cursōrius suited for running, from cursus course]
cours•er1(ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr-)
1. a person or thing that courses.
2. a dog for coursing.
cours•er2(ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr-)
a swift horse.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French coursier < Vulgar Latin *cursārius= Latin curs(us) course + -ārius -ary; see -er2]
cours•er3(ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr-)
any of various swift-footed, ploverlike birds of the family Glareolidae, esp. of the genera Cursorius and Rhinoptilus, inhabiting arid regions of Africa and S Asia.
[1760–70; irreg. < New Latin cursōrius fit for running = Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1]
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|Noun||1.||courser - a huntsman who hunts small animals with fast dogs that use sight rather than scent to follow their prey|
|2.||courser - formerly a strong swift horse ridden into battle|
warhorse - horse used in war
|3.||courser - a dog trained for coursing|
hunting dog - a dog used in hunting game
|4.||courser - swift-footed terrestrial plover-like bird of southern Asia and Africa; related to the pratincoles|
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries