L'ARK, n. [As the Latin alauda coincides with laudo, Eng. loud so the first syllable of lark, laf, lau, lave. But I know not the sense of the word.]A bird of the genus Alauda, distinguished for its singing.
LARK, n. [Sax. laferc; lauerce; Scot. laverok, lauerok; G. lerche; D. leeuwrik; Dan. lerke; Sw. lärka; Icl. lava, loova. As the Latin alauda, coincides with laudo, Eng. loud, so the first syllable of lark, laf, lau, lave, may coincide with the Dan. lover, to praise, to sing or cry out. But I know not the sense of the word.]
A bird of the genus Alauda, distinguished for its singing.
- A frolic; a jolly time.
- To sport] to frolic.
- 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.
- To catch larks; as, to