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Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary



< cursier, corser (French: coursier), from curs "course".


  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. A North African bird, of the genus Cursorius, that runs.




  • OED 2nd edition 1989



  1. to purchase

Extensive Definition

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.

Species in taxonomic order


  • Hayman, Marchant and Prater, Shorebirds ISBN 0-873403-19-4
courser in German: Rennvögel
courser in Esperanto: Kurulo
courser in Spanish: Cursorius
courser in French: Cursorius
courser in Swahili (macrolanguage): Cheruku
courser in Dutch: Renvogel
courser in Polish: Rączaki

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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