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Meaning of HARLEQUIN

Pronunciation:  'hârlukwin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
  2. [v]  variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"

HARLEQUIN is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: buffoon, cloud, clown, dapple, merry andrew, mottle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Har"le*quin\, n. [F. arlequin,formerly written also
    harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin,
    hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch
    origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. {Hell}, {Kin}.]
    A buffoon, dressed in party-colored clothes, who plays
    tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or
    an audience; a merry-andrew; originally, a droll rogue of
    Italian comedy. --Percy Smith.
          As dumb harlequin is exhibited in our theaters.
    {Harlequin bat} (Zo["o]l.), an Indian bat ({Scotophilus
       ornatus}), curiously variegated with white spots.
    {Harlequin beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a very large South American
       beetle ({Acrocinus longimanus}) having very long legs and
       antenn[ae]. The elytra are curiously marked with red,
       black, and gray.
    {Harlequin cabbage bug}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Calicoback}.
    {Harlequin caterpillar}. (Zo["o]l.), the larva of an American
       bombycid moth {(Euch[ae]tes egle)} which is covered with
       black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair.
    {Harlequin duck} (Zo["o]l.), a North American duck
       ({Histrionicus histrionicus}). The male is dark ash,
       curiously streaked with white.
    {Harlequin moth}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Magpie Moth}.
    {Harlequin opal}. See {Opal}.
    {Harlequin snake} (Zo["o]l.), a small, poisonous snake
       ({Elaps fulvius}), ringed with red and black, found in the
       Southern United States.
  2. \Har"le*quin\, n. i.
    To play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.
  3. \Har"le*quin\, v. t.
    Toremove or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick.
          And kitten,if the humor hit Has harlequined away the
          fit.                                     --M. Green.
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