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horned lark

Shore \Shore\, n. [OE. schore, AS. score, probably fr. scieran, and so meaning properly, that which is shorn off, edge; akin to OD. schoore, schoor. See Shear, v. t.] The coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river.

Michael Cassio, Lieutenant to the warlike Moor Othello, Is come shore.

The fruitful shore of muddy Nile.

In shore, near the shore.

On shore. See under On.

Shore birds (Zo["o]l.), a collective name for the various limicoline birds found on the seashore.

Shore crab (Zo["o]l.), any crab found on the beaches, or between tides, especially any one of various species of grapsoid crabs, as Heterograpsus nudus of California.

Shore lark (Zo["o]l.), a small American lark ( Otocoris alpestris) found in winter, both on the seacoast and on the Western plains. Its upper parts are varied with dark brown and light brown. It has a yellow throat, yellow local streaks, a black crescent on its breast, a black streak below each eye, and two small black erectile ear tufts. Called also horned lark.

Shore plover (Zo["o]l.), a large-billed Australian plover ( Esacus magnirostris). It lives on the seashore, and feeds on crustaceans, etc.

Shore teetan (Zo["o]l.), the rock pipit ( Anthus obscurus). [Prov. Eng.]

horned lark

n. (context US English) A lark, ''Eremophila alpestris'', with distinctive facial markings.

Horned lark

The horned lark (Eremophila alpestris), called the shore lark in Europe, is a species of bird in the genus Eremophila. The current genus name is from Ancient Greekeremos, "desert", and phileo, "to love". The specific alpestris is Latin and means "of the high mountains", from Alpes, the Alps.

Usage examples of "horned lark".

He'd spotted a mountain plover, a long-billed curlew, a burrowing owl and a horned lark, plus the usual assortment of lark sparrows, yellow warblers, western meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, crows, black terns and mourning doves.

He had seen the small horned lark in its nest in the grass and weeds when it was just hatched even before it had its flight feathers when it was in danger from the natural hunger of others.