1. <zoology> An American bombycid moth (Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings, stripes and bands of buff on a black ground.

2. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array. "Harnessed in rugged steel." (Rowe) "A gay dagger, Harnessed well and sharp as point of spear." (Chaucer)

3. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively. "Harnessed to some regular profession." (J. C. Shairp) Harnessed antelope.

Origin: OE. Harneisen; cf. F. Harnacher, OF. Harneschier.

(06 Mar 1998)

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