hare-lip

harelip

[hair-lip]
noun
Usually Offensive, cleft lip.

Origin:
1560–70; hare + lip

harelipped, adjective

harebrained, 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.
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harelip (ˈhɛəˌlɪp)
 
n
Preferred form cleft lip a congenital cleft or fissure in the midline of the upper lip, resembling the cleft upper lip of a hare, often occurring with cleft palate
 
'harelipped
 
adj

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harelip hare·lip (hâr'lĭp')
n.
See cleft lip.

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