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[lep-uh-rahyn, -rin]
adjective Zoology.
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a rabbit or hare.
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Origin of leporine

1650–60; < Latin leporīnus, equivalent to lepor- (stem of lepus) hare + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples

  • As regards the nematodes of leporine rodents, probably the most important is Strongylus commutatus.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Leporine, lep′o-rīn, adj. pertaining to or resembling the hare.

British Dictionary definitions for leporine


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a hare
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin leporīnus, from lepus hare
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