Definitions for: Lark


[n] any carefree episode
[n] any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
[n] small songbirds resembling larks
[n] North American yellow-breasted songbirds
[v] play boisterously; "The children frolicked in the garden"; "the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; "The toddlers romped in the palyroom"



Webster (1913) Definition: Lark, n. [Perh fr. AS. l[=a]c play, sport. Cf. Lake, v.
i.]
A frolic; a jolly time. [Colloq.] --Dickens.


Lark, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Larked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Larking.]
To sport; to frolic. [Colloq.]


Lark, n. [OE. larke, laverock, AS. l[=a]werce; akin to D.
leeuwerik, LG. lewerke, OHG. l?rahha, G. lerche, Sw.
l["a]rka, Dan. lerke, Icel. l[ae]virki.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one numerous species of singing birds of the genus
Alauda and allied genera (family Alaudid[ae]). They
mostly belong to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. In
America they are represented by the shore larks, or horned 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.

Note: 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 (A. arborea). The
pipits, or titlarks, of the genus Anthus (family
Motacillid[ae]) 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.

Lark bunting (Zo["o]l.), a fringilline bird ({Calamospiza
melanocorys}) found on the plains of the Western United
States.

Lark sparrow (Zo["o]l.), a sparrow ({Chondestes
grammacus}), found in the Mississippi Valley and the
Western United States.


Lark, v. i.
To catch larks; as, to go larking.

Synonyms: cavort, disport, escapade, frisk, frolic, gambol, lark about, meadowlark, pipit, rollick, romp, run around, skylark, sport, titlark

See Also: Alauda arvensis, Alaudidae, American oriole, Anthus, Anthus pratensis, diversion, eastern meadowlark, family Alaudidae, genus Anthus, genus Sturnella, meadow pipit, New World oriole, oriole, oscine, oscine bird, play, recreation, skylark, Sturnella, Sturnella magna, Sturnella neglecta, western meadowlark

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