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harelip

[ hair-lip ]
/ ˈhɛərˌlɪp /
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noun
Usually Offensive. cleft lip.
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Origin of harelip

First recorded in 1560–70; hare + lip

usage note for 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM harelip

harelipped, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH harelip

harebrained, harelip
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British Dictionary definitions for harelip

harelip
/ (ˈhɛəˌlɪp) /

noun
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

Derived forms of harelip

harelipped, adjective
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