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[mahr-uh] /ˈmɑr ə/
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 mara [muh-rah] /məˈrɑ/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
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  • Erick stood up unsteadily, helping Jan and mara to their feet.

    The Crystal Crypt Philip Kindred Dick
  • It must have been mara,” said she, thoughtfully; “but go on with thy dream.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then mara challenged him, ‘Tell me now, where is the man that can bear witness for thee?’

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • And how could one with that mara upon him, write of the ethics of life and religion?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • mara could see all the houses on Harpswell Neck and the white church as clear as in the daylight.

    The Pearl of Orr's Island Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for mara


a harelike South American rodent, Dolichotis patagonum, inhabiting the pampas of Argentina: family Caviidae (cavies)
Word Origin
from American Spanish mará, perhaps of Araucanian origin


/Spanish maˈra/
one of several organized criminal gangs of Central American origin also operating in the US
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: gang
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mara in the Bible

bitter; sad, a symbolical name which Naomi gave to herself because of her misfortunes (Ruth 1:20).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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