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[mahr-uh] /ˈmɑr ə/
Hindu Mythology. the god of death, sometimes seen as one aspect of a god whose other aspect is Kama, or erotic desire.
Buddhism. Satan, who tried to seduce the Buddha at the time of his Enlightenment.

Patagonian hare

a burrowing, gray, long-eared and long-legged cavy of the genus Dolichotis, native to South America.
Also called mara [muh-rah] /məˈrɑ/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
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  • And how could one with that mara upon him, write of the ethics of life and religion?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Three graceful women, mara's daughters, sing in a low enticing voice.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • It must have been mara,” said she, thoughtfully; “but go on with thy dream.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • Now Naomi signifies in the Hebrew tongue happiness, and mara, sorrow.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • He increased his pace, looking back at Jan and mara impatiently.

    The Crystal Crypt Philip Kindred Dick
British Dictionary definitions for mara


a harelike South American rodent, Dolichotis patagonum, inhabiting the pampas of Argentina: family Caviidae (cavies)
Word Origin
from American Spanish mará, perhaps of Araucanian origin


/Spanish maˈra/
one of several organized criminal gangs of Central American origin also operating in the US
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: gang
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