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  1. Usually Offensive. cleft lip.
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Origin of harelip

First recorded in 1560–70; hare + lip
Related formshare·lipped, adjective
Can be confusedharebrained harelip

Usage note

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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Historical Examples of harelip

  • "It is the Indian country," said Henry, and yet he pitied him of the harelip.

    The Border Watch

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Sure, Mrs. Madden is after having a young son, and it has a harelip.

  • They wanted you—to carry you off into the mountain with them, for a wife to their Prince Harelip.

  • Harelip rushed at them, caught up Lootie and sped with her to the hole.

  • While the queen and her party had encountered the men-at-arms, Harelip with another company had gone off to search the house.

British Dictionary definitions for harelip


  1. 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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Derived Formsharelipped, adjective
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harelip in Medicine


  1. cleft lip
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