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Noun circus has 6 senses
  1. circus - a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus"
    --1 is a kind of
    company, troupe
  2. circus - performance given by a traveling company of acrobats clowns and trained animals; "the children always love to go to the circus"
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 has particulars: three-ring circus
  3. circus, carnival - a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a circus or carnival; "it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
    --3 is a kind of disturbance
  4. circus - (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
    --4 is a kind of
    stadium, bowl, arena, sports stadium
  5. circus - an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent; "they used the elephants to help put up the circus"
    --5 is a kind of
    arena, scene of action
    --5 has parts: circus tent, big top, round top, top
  6. Circus, genus Circus - a genus of haws comprising the harriers
    --6 is a kind of bird genus
    --6 is a member of Accipitridae, family Accipitridae
    --6 has members:
     harrier; marsh harrier, Circus Aeruginosus; Montagu's harrier, Circus pygargus; marsh hawk, northern harrier, hen harrier, Circus cyaneus
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