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/ hɛər /

noun, plural hares, (especially collectively) hare.

any rodentlike mammal of the genus Lepus, of the family Leporidae, having long ears, a divided upper lip, and long hind limbs adapted for leaping.
any of the larger species of this genus, as distinguished from certain of the smaller ones known as rabbits.
any of various similar animals of the same family.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lepus.
the player pursued in the game of hare and hounds.

verb (used without object), hared, har·ing.

Chiefly British. to run fast.

Nearby words

  1. hardy,
  2. hardy ageratum,
  3. hardy, thomas,
  4. hardy-rand-ritter test,
  5. hardy-weinberg law,
  6. hare and hounds,
  7. hare krishna,
  8. hare krishnas,
  9. hare's-foot,
  10. hare's-foot fern

Origin of hare

before 900; Middle English; Old English hara; cognate with Danish hare; akin to German Hase hare, Old English hasu gray

Related formshare·like, adjective

Can be confusedhair hare

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British Dictionary definitions for hare


/ (hɛə) /

noun plural hares or hare

any solitary leporid mammal of the genus Lepus, such as L. europaeus (European hare). Hares are larger than rabbits, having longer ears and legs, and live in shallow nests (forms)Related adjective: leporine
make a hare of someone Irish informal to defeat someone completely
run with the hare and hunt with the hounds to be on good terms with both sides


(intr; often foll by off, after, etc) British informal to go or run fast or wildly
Derived Formsharelike, adjective

Word Origin for hare

Old English hara; related to Old Norse heri, Old High German haso, Swedish hare, Sanskrit śaśá


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Sir David. born 1947, British dramatist and theatre director: his plays include Plenty (1978), Pravda (with Howard Brenton, 1985), The Secret Rapture (1989), Racing Demon (1990), The Permanent Way (2003), and Stuff Happens (2004)
William. 19th century, Irish murderer and bodysnatcher: associate of William Burke


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a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada

Word Origin for Hare

of Athapascan origin

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Word Origin and History for hare
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Idioms and Phrases with hare


see mad as a hatter (March hare); run with (the hare).

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