[ hair-lip ]
/ ˈhɛərˌlɪp /


Usually Offensive. cleft lip.

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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British Dictionary definitions for harelip


/ (ˈhɛəˌlɪp) /


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 Formsharelipped, adjective
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Medicine definitions for harelip


[ hârlĭp′ ]


cleft lip

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