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A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Circinae — the harriers.
From Latin circus (“ring, circle”), from Proto-Indo-European *sker, *ker (“to turn, to bend”) .
Middle English round arena from Latin circus, circle circle
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
She has talked about nothing but the circus ever since.
We took Helen to the circus, and had "the time of our lives"!
People do not come to the circus to watch the clowns.
The circus of Seven Dials, east of Shaftesbury Avenue, affords a typical name in connexion with the lowest aspect of life in London.
In the autumn she went to a circus.
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