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harlequin


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harlequin  \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. 
  --Johnson. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harlequin  \Har"le*quin\,  n.  i. 
  To  play  the  droll;  to  make  sport  by  playing  ludicrous  tricks. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harlequin  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harlequin 
  n  :  a  clown  or  buffoon  (after  the  Harlequin  character  in  the 
  commedia  dell'arte) 
  v  :  variegate  with  spots  or  marks;  "His  face  was  harlequined 
  with  patches" 




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