Hindu Mythology. the god of death, sometimes seen as one aspect of a god whose other aspect is Kama, or erotic desire.
Buddhism. Satan, who tried to seduce the Buddha at the time of his Enlightenment.

Patagonian hare


a burrowing, gray, long-eared and long-legged cavy of the genus Dolichotis, native to South America.
Also called ma·ra [muh-rah] /məˈrɑ/
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Examples from the Web for mara

Contemporary Examples of mara

Historical Examples of mara

  • And how could one with that mara upon him, write of the ethics of life and religion?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Three graceful women, Mara's daughters, sing in a low enticing voice.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

  • It must have been mara,” said she, thoughtfully; “but go on with thy dream.

    Erling the Bold

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Now Naomi signifies in the Hebrew tongue happiness, and Mara, sorrow.

  • He increased his pace, looking back at Jan and Mara impatiently.

    The Crystal Crypt

    Philip Kindred Dick

British Dictionary definitions for mara




a harelike South American rodent, Dolichotis patagonum, inhabiting the pampas of Argentina: family Caviidae (cavies)

Word Origin for mara

from American Spanish mará, perhaps of Araucanian origin




one of several organized criminal gangs of Central American origin also operating in the US

Word Origin for mara

C20: from Spanish: gang
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