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Har"le*quin (h&ä;r"l&euptack_;*kĭn or -kwĭn), n. [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. Hell, Kin.] 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. Percy Smith.
As dumb harlequin is exhibited in our theaters. Johnson.
Harlequin bat (Zo&ö;l.), an Indian bat (Scotophilus ornatus), curiously variegated with white spots. -- Harlequin beetle (Zo&ö;l.), a very large South American beetle (Acrocinus longimanus) having very long legs and antennæ. The elytra are curiously marked with red, black, and gray. -- Harlequin cabbage bug. (Zo&ö;l.) See Calicoback. -- Harlequin caterpillar. (Zo&ö;l.), the larva of an American bombycid moth (Euchætes egle) which is covered with black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair. -- Harlequin duck (Zo&ö;l.), a North American duck (Histrionicus histrionicus). The male is dark ash, curiously streaked with white. -- Harlequin moth. (Zo&ö;l.) See Magpie Moth. -- Harlequin opal. See Opal. -- Harlequin snake (Zo&ö;l.), See harlequin snake in the vocabulary.
Har"le*quin (h&ä;r"l&euptack_;*kĭn or -kwĭn), v. i. To play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.
Har"le*quin, v. t. To remove or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick.
And kitten, if the humor hit M. Green.
Has harlequined away the fit.