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Courser \Cours"er\ (k?rs"?r), n. [F. coursier.]

  1. One who courses or hunts.

    leash is a leathern thong by which . . . a courser leads his greyhound.

  2. A swift or spirited horse; a racer or a war horse; a charger. [Poetic.]

  3. (Zo["o]l.) A grallatorial bird of Europe (Cursorius cursor), remarkable for its speed in running. Sometimes, in a wider sense, applied to running birds of the Ostrich family.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

large, powerful horse," c.1300, from Old French corsier "fast horse, charger," literally "fast-running," from Vulgar Latin *cursarius, from Latin cursus (see course (n.)).


n. 1 A dog used for coursing. 2 A person who practises coursing. 3 A hunter. 4 A stone used in building a course. 5 A racehorse or a charger. 6 Any of several species of bird in the genus ''Cursorius'' of the family Glareolidae.


n. swift-footed terrestrial plover-like bird of southern Asia and Africa


The coursers are a group of birds which together with the pratincoles make up the family Glareolidae. They have long legs, short wings and long pointed bills which curve downwards. Their most unusual feature for birds classed as waders is that they inhabit deserts and similar arid regions.

They have cryptic plumage and crouch down when alarmed to avoid detection by predators.

Like the pratincoles, the coursers are found in warmer parts of the Old World. They hunt insects by running.

Their 2-3 eggs are laid on the ground.

Courser (horse)

A courser is a swift and strong horse, frequently used during the Middle Ages as a warhorse. It was ridden by knights and men-at-arms.

Coursers are commonly believed to be named for their running gait, (from Old French cours, 'to run'). However, the word possibly derived from the Italian corsiero, meaning 'battle horse'.

Courser (disambiguation)

Courser may refer to:

  • Courser – group of birds which together with the pratincoles make up the family Glareolidae
  • Courser (horse) – a swift and strong horse, frequently used during the Middle Ages for hunting or as a warhorse
  • Horse courser – early term for a horse dealer

Or to someone who engages in:

  • Coursing – the pursuit of game or other animals by dogs
  • Hare coursing – the hunting of hares with dogs
  • Lure coursing – a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure

Or to persons named Courser:

  • Todd Courser,- Michigan state representative

Usage examples of "courser".

But the moment comes when the Anthophora pays court to the fair sex, and the imperceptible creature immediately profits by the amorous encounter to change its winged courser.

To which Lord Diegan could do nothing but clench his jaw, wheel his courser out of line, and pound off at a canter to review the order of his troops.

The coursers appeared in the void between worlds, variable in size, but all of them coated with a white hull glow.

Attempts at contact were made, but the coursers refused to respond, so caution became the rule.

Hours elapsed in seconds as a trio of coursers swept into the system at nearly one-tenth the speed of light.

As the pack of coursers swept toward the cities, the synchrotrons fired a battery of lasers.

Lot knows enough about the coursers that he might be able to make it work, even on them.

He remembered the fake Chenzeme encounter Deneb had found in the library, showing a communications officer turning away a trio of deadly coursers by playing a recognition code.

My dogs are superb coursers, and we caught up with it as soon as it fell.

Ornate tapestries covered the walls: sombre hunting scenes full of screaming coursers, the raw colors of wind-whipped banners, ancient weapons and trampled earth stained with the rich blood of the wounded.

Crossing the open exercise areas he came to the stables, filled with the ceaseless sounds and thick smells of horses of all sorts: brave coursers and glum-faced palfreys, massive destriers, well-formed jumpers and the enormous draft annuals that pulled the war drays of the entourage from Matloo.

He could hear Deneb whispering incoherently as the courser twisted itself in a spiral around Null Boundary.

They should form a diffuse cloud, at least ten thousand klicks across by the time the courser intersects it.

The micronozzles continued to fire, synchronizing his trajectory with that of the courser so that he floated a stable two and a half meters above its glistening field of hull cells, even as it continued to advance toward Null Boundary.

Therewith so horsely, and so quick of eye, As it a gentle Poileis courser were: For certes, from his tail unto his ear Nature nor art ne could him not amend In no degree, as all the people wend.