lark

Definitions

  • THE ROOK AND THE LARK
    THE ROOK AND THE LARK
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lark play boisterously "The children frolicked in the garden","the gamboling lambs in the meadows","The toddlers romped in the playroom"
    • n lark any carefree episode
    • n lark any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
    • n lark a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage
    • n lark North American songbirds having a yellow breast
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Regular Lark The Regular Lark
What larks! Killed four-and-twenty blackbirds all in a row! at one shot!!! What larks! Killed four-and-twenty blackbirds all in a row! at one shot!!!
MEADOW LARK MEADOW LARK
Horned larks Horned larks
HORNED LARK HORNED LARK
lark walking on the ground lark walking on the ground
SHORE LARK SHORE LARK
THE LARK AND HER YOUNG ONES THE LARK AND HER YOUNG ONES

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A group of larks is called an exaltation
    • n Lark lärk A frolic; a jolly time.
    • n Lark (Zoöl) Any one numerous species of singing birds of the genus Alauda and allied genera (family Alaudidæ). They mostly belong to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. In America they are represented by the shore larks, or horned larks, of the genus Otocoris. The true larks have holaspidean tarsi, very long hind claws, and, usually, dull, sandy brown colors.☞ The European skylark, or lark of the poets (Alauda arvensis), is of a brown mottled color, and is noted for its clear and sweet song, uttered as it rises and descends almost perpendicularly in the air. It is considered a table delicacy, and immense numbers are killed for the markets. Other well-known European species are the crested, or tufted, lark (Alauda cristata), and the wood lark (Alauda arborea). The pipits, or titlarks, of the genus Anthusfamily Motacillidæ) are often called larks. See Pipit. The American meadow larks, of the genus Sturnella, are allied to the starlings. See Meadow Lark. The Australian bush lark is Mirafra Horsfieldii. See Shore lark.
    • v. i Lark To catch larks; as, to go larking .
    • v. i Lark To sport; to frolic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lark A small oscine passerine bird of the family Alaudidæ. Larks are mostly insectivorous migratory birds of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the only true larks found in the western hemisphere being those of the genus Eremophila, excepting the occasional occurrence of the skylark as a straggler. Africa is the richest in species. They are chiefly birds of the open country; they nest on the ground, and some are famous for soaring and singing. About 100 species are described, leading genera of which are Eremophila, Alauda, Melanocorypha, Certhilauda, Mirafra, Megalophonus, and Pyrrhulauda. The few species which are well known are generally distinguished by qualifying prefixes: as, the skylark, Alauda arvensis; the wood-lark, Alauda arborea; the shore-lark, Eremophila alpestris. See the compounds, and cuts under Alauda, Eremophila, and skylark.
    • n lark A bird like or likened to a lark, but not one of the Alaudidæ: with a distinguishing prefix: as, the titlark, meadow-lark, bunting-lark, bushlark, horse-lark, etc. Such birds are chiefly the titlarks or pipits (see Anthus), and various kinds of finches and buntings.
    • n lark A kind of sandpiper.
    • lark To catch or hunt larks.
    • n lark A merry or hilarious adventure; a jovial prank or frolic; sport: as, to go on a lark.
    • lark To frolic; make sport; do anything in a sportive haphazard way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lark lärk a well-known singing-bird
    • v.i Lark to catch larks
    • n Lark lärk a game, frolic
    • v.i Lark to frolic, make sport
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Quotations

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Gerard Manley Hopkins
    “Towery city and branching between towers; Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark-charmed, rook-racked, river-rounded.”
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.”

Idioms

Up with the lark - If you get up very early, you're up with the lark.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. larke, laverock, AS. lāwerce,; akin to D. leeuwerik, LG. lewerke, OHG. lērahha, G. lerche, Sw. lärka, Dan. lerke, Icel. lævirki,

Usage

In literature:

The Lark Bunting is an uncommon winter visitant in Coahuila.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
Oh, school at the Hall is one grand lark!
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
It was a very good imitation of a meadow-lark's joyous lilt.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
What a lark it is, isn't it?
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
The cheerful lark had hardly begun to proclaim the approach of morning, when Gregory got up, and ran to awaken his papa.
"The Looking-Glass for the Mind" by M. Berquin
From its perch upon some fence post the meadow lark adds to the cheerfulness of the morning.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
How beautiful is the song of the lark!
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
They used to call me a perfect lark, a magnificent lark!
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
They were types as remote as the eagle and the lark.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
I used to be called a complete lark.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
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In poetry:

The lark sung loud; the morning smiled,
With beams of rosy red:
Pale William quaked in every limb,
And raving left his bed.
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
At morn the Countess Louis heard
Young light sing in the lark.
Ere eve it was that other bird,
Which brings the starless dark.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
O meadow lark, so wild and free,
It cannot be, it cannot be,
That men to merchandise your spell
Do close you in a wicker hell!
"Captivity" by Robert W Service
Mount with the lark and bear our song
Up to the gates of light;
Or, with the nightingale prolong
Our numbers through the night!
"The Visible Creation" by James Montgomery
But who would give the rose a hue
Which nature has not given?
But who would tame the nightingale,
Or bring the lark from heaven?
"A Tale" by John Logan
The lark is up, his faith is strong,
He mounts the morning air;
Lone voice of all the creature throng,
He sings the morning prayer.
"Songs of the Summer Days" by George MacDonald

In news:

Lark, Hoffman lift BYU past New Mexico State 50-14.
The Lady Larks cut that lead down to just 10 at halftime, but the Lady Jays' 12-3 third period put the game out of reach.
Patience paying off for BYU quarterback James Lark.
Lark 's story has been chronicled before.
Lark 's dream game becomes BYU coaches' nightmare.
KALAMAZOO, MI – Had Western Michigan University been able to pull out a win over Ball State University this past Saturday, Kyle Lark 's fourth-quarter sack inside the red zone surely would have been one of the plays of the game.
Lark Voorhies' Mom Says the 'Saved By The Bell' Star is Bipolar.
"Saved By the Bell" star Lark Voorhies gives troubling interview.
Lark Voorhies' Mom Says Star Is Bipolar.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Lark opens in Winslow.
For over 30 years, the Lark Camp World Music & Dance Celebration has brought together musicians and dancers for a week of workshops in the Mendocino Woodlands.
This Tuesday, August 7th from 7-9:30pm, host Andy Doerr will feature Lark Camp artists playing acoustic music from around the world.
According to a post on the Lark 's Facebook page, she died peacefully with her family beside her.
Come clean over failures, says Lark .
Andrew Lark says encouraging entrepreneurship needs to include removing the stigma associated with failure.
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