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hare

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noun \ˈher\

Definition of hare

plural

hare

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hares

  1. :  any of various swift long-eared lagomorph mammals (family Leporidae and especially genus Lepus) that are usually solitary or sometimes live in pairs and have the young open-eyed and furred at birth — compare rabbit 1a

Origin and Etymology of hare

Middle English, from Old English hara; akin to Old High German haso hare, Sanskrit śaśa, Old English hasu gray


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms


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hare

verb

Definition of hare

hared

haring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to go swiftly :  3tear

Examples of hare in a sentence

  1. He came haring round the corner at top speed.

  2. <she's always haring off to attend to some emergency>

Did You Know?

No doubt you've heard Aesop's fable about the speedy hare and the plodding tortoise. The hare may have lost that race due to a tactical error (stopping to take a nap before reaching the finish line), but the long-eared mammal's overall reputation for swiftness remains intact. It's no surprise, then, that hare is used as a verb meaning "to move quickly." The noun hare (which refers, in its most specific zoological sense, to a member of the genus Lepus, whose young are usually able to hop a few minutes after birth) is a very old word. It first appeared as hara in a Latin-Old English glossary around the year 700. The verb was in use by the end of the 19th century, and people have been "haring off" and "haring about" ever since.

1719

First Known Use of hare

1719


HARE Defined for English Language Learners

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hare

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noun \ˈher\

Definition of hare for English Language Learners

  • : a fast animal that resembles a rabbit


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hare

verb

Definition of hare for English Language Learners

  • : to run or go very quickly


HARE Defined for Kids

hare

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noun \ˈher\

Definition of hare for Students

  1. :  a gnawing animal that resembles the related rabbit but is usually larger and tends to live by itself



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