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Patagonian hare

noun
1.
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).
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British Dictionary definitions for mara

mara1

/məˈrɑː/
noun
1.
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

mara2

/Spanish maˈra/
noun
1.
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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Encyclopedia Article for mara

either of two South American rodents in the genus Dolichotis of the cavy family, the Patagonian mara (D. patagonum) or the Chacoan mara (D. salinicola).

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