a a person who announces important news
b (as modifier)
2 Often literary a forerunner; harbinger
3 the intermediate rank of heraldic officer, between king-of-arms and pursuivant
4 (in the Middle Ages) an official at a tournament
6 to precede or usher in (C14: from Old French herault, of Germanic origin; compare Old English here war; see wield)
n a noctuid moth, Scoliopteryx libatrix, having brownish cryptically mottled forewings and plain dull hind wings. The adult hibernates and has a prolonged life
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