- Usually Offensive. cleft lip.
Origin of harelip
The term harelip is usually perceived as insulting because it compares the deformity in humans to the normal cleft lip of a hare. The accepted term for this medical condition is cleft lip.
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Examples from the Web for harelipped
There was the expedition of the harelipped Bird with his powerful force and with cannon!
He recognized at once the harelipped man, Bird, now in the uniform of a Colonel in the King's army.
"An' I'd like to get a shot at that harelipped villain," interjected Shif'less Sol.
Behind the harelipped man appeared Perley and Fowler, and six savage warriors, armed fully, and coated thickly with war paint.
His face was all covered with pimples, and his mouth was harelipped from a sword cut.The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3
George Augustus Sala
- a congenital cleft or fissure in the midline of the upper lip, resembling the cleft upper lip of a hare, often occurring with cleft palatePreferred form cleft lip
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