noun, plural hares (especially collectively) hare.
any rodentlike mammal of the genus Lepus, of the family Leporidae, having long ears, a divided upper lip, and long hind limbs adapted for leaping.
any of the larger species of this genus, as distinguished from certain of the smaller ones known as rabbits.
any of various similar animals of the same family.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lepus.
the player pursued in the game of hare and hounds.
verb (used without object), hared, haring.
Chiefly British. to run fast.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hara; cognate with Danish hare; akin to German Hase hare, Old English hasu gray

harelike, adjective

hair, hare.
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hare (hɛə)
n , pl hares, hare
1.  any solitary leporid mammal of the genus Lepus, such as L. europaeus (European hare). Hares are larger than rabbits, having longer ears and legs, and live in shallow nests (forms)Related: leporine
2.  informal (Irish) make a hare of someone to defeat someone completely
3.  run with the hare and hunt with the hounds to be on good terms with both sides
4.  informal (Brit) (intr; often foll by off, after, etc) to go or run fast or wildly
Related: leporine
[Old English hara; related to Old Norse heri, Old High German haso, Swedish hare, Sanskrit śaśá]

Hare2 (hɛə)
a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada
[of Athapascan origin]

Hare1 (hɛə)
1.  Sir David. born 1947, British dramatist and theatre director: his plays include Plenty (1978), Pravda (with Howard Brenton, 1985), The Secret Rapture (1989), Racing Demon (1990), and The Permanent Way (2003)
2.  William. 19th century, Irish murderer and bodysnatcher: associate of William Burke

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hara "hare," from W.Gmc. *khasan- (cf. Du. hase, O.H.G. haso), possibly with a sense of "gray" (cf. O.E. hasu "gray"). Cognate with Skt. sasah, Afghan soe, Welsh ceinach "hare." Hare-brained is from 1548, on notion of "flighty, skittish;" hare-lip is from 1567.
"þou hast a crokyd tunge heldyng wyth hownd and wyth hare." ["Jacob's Well," c.1440]
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Hare definition

(Heb. 'arnebeth) was prohibited as food according to the Mosaic law (Lev. 11:6; Deut. 14:7), "because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof." The habit of this animal is to grind its teeth and move its jaw as if it actually chewed the cud. But, like the cony (q.v.), it is not a ruminant with four stomachs, but a rodent like the squirrel, rat, etc. Moses speaks of it according to appearance. It is interdicted because, though apparently chewing the cud, it did not divide the hoof. There are two species in Syria, (1) the Lepus Syriacus or Syrian hare, which is like the English hare; and (2) the Lepus Sinaiticus, or hare of the desert. No rabbits are found in Syria.

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