harlequin

Definitions:

  • A conventional buffoon of the commedia dell'arte, traditionally presented in a mask and parti-colored tights.
  • A clown; a buffoon.
  • Having a pattern of brightly colored diamond shapes.
  • To play the droll; make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.
  • To remove as if by a harlequin's trick; conjure away.
  • In early Italian and later in French comedy, the buffoon or clown, one of the regular character-types.
  • Hence A buffoon in general; a fantastic fellow; a droll.
  • In <em>entomology</em>, the magpie-moth, <em>Abraxas grossulariata.</em>
  • The Oriental or noble opal.
  • Party-colored; extremely or fantastically variegated in color: specifically applied in zoölogy to sundry animals.
  • Differing in color or decoration; fancifully varied, as a set of dishes. See <internalXref urlencoded="harlequin%20service">harlequin service</internalXref>, below.
  • A buffoon, dressed in party-colored clothes, who plays tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or an audience; a merry-andrew; originally, a droll rogue of Italian comedy.
  • an Indian bat (<spn>Scotophilus ornatus</spn>), curiously variegated with white spots.
  • a very large South American beetle (<spn>Acrocinus longimanus</spn>) having very long legs and antennæ. The elytra are curiously marked with red, black, and gray.
  • See <er>Calicoback</er>.
  • the larva of an American bombycid moth (<spn>Euchætes egle</spn>) which is covered with black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair.
  • a North American duck (<spn>Histrionicus histrionicus</spn>). The male is dark ash, curiously streaked with white.
  • See <er>Magpie Moth</er>.
  • See <er>Opal</er>.
  • See <er>harlequin snake</er> in the vocabulary.
  • To remove or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick.
  • To play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.
  • a <xref>pantomime</xref> <xref>fool</xref>, typically dressed in checkered clothes
  • brightly coloured, especially in a pattern like that of a harlequin clown's clothes
  • To remove or conjure away, as if by a harlequin's trick.
  • a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
  • variegate with spots or marks
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