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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
as mad as a hatter/March hare (=completely crazy)
▪ The mad hatter, the March hare and the dormouse.
▪ So both the March hare and the mad hatter are very mad.
▪ I've shown her with a March hare, as she can make men mad.
saddle of lamb/hare/venison
▪ He is particularly fond of hot beetroot, recommending it as an accompaniment to roast saddle of hare - a delicious combination.
▪ And the rich, savoury smell of the hare drifted down to meet her, turning her stomach.
▪ As her scythe moved mechanically through the bean field, a sandy-colored hare was startled out of its hiding place.
▪ But hare and even the odd gazelle were available locally.
▪ The only terminal casualty of this extraordinary occurrence, apart from the aeroplane, was a hare which it struck on landing.
▪ Then he took off in fast flight, and l saw him in vigorous chase after a snowshoe hare.
▪ Wild hare, unfortunately, is quite difficult to find.
▪ Younger hares take well to marinating and roasting rare; older ones need to be braised or stewed.
▪ He might be strong in his own opinions but he did not go haring off on his own.
▪ It still needed a fine catch from Crowe, who hared back to wide mid-on and sprawled towards the boundary.
▪ Small's nephew stood behind the firing squad and trained a searchlight back and forth as we hared across the fields.
▪ Then he scrambled to his feet and hared off between the trees.
▪ They didn't come haring towards them as if the mere sight of them was the best thing that had happened all day.
▪ We can't just go haring off into the city like that.
▪ Why the devil do you think I came haring over here?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hare \Hare\ (h[^a]r), v. t. [Cf. Harry, Harass.] To excite; to tease, harass, or worry; to harry. [Obs.]


Hare \Hare\, n. [AS. hara; akin to D. haas, G. hase, OHG. haso, Dan. & Sw. hare, Icel. h[=e]ri, Skr. [,c]a[,c]a. [root]226.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A rodent of the genus Lepus, having long hind legs, a short tail, and a divided upper lip. It is a timid animal, moves swiftly by leaps, and is remarkable for its fecundity.

    Note: The species of hares are numerous. The common European hare is Lepus timidus. The northern or varying hare of America ( Lepus Americanus), and the prairie hare ( Lepus campestris), turn white in winter. In America, the various species of hares are commonly called rabbits.

  2. (Astron.) A small constellation situated south of and under the foot of Orion; Lepus.

    Hare and hounds, a game played by men and boys, two, called hares, having a few minutes' start, and scattering bits of paper to indicate their course, being chased by the others, called the hounds, through a wide circuit.

    Hare kangaroo (Zo["o]l.), a small Australian kangaroo ( Lagorchestes Leporoides), resembling the hare in size and color,

    Hare's lettuce (Bot.), a plant of the genus Sonchus, or sow thistle; -- so called because hares are said to eat it when fainting with heat.
    --Dr. Prior.

    Jumping hare. (Zo["o]l.) See under Jumping.

    Little chief hare, or Crying hare. (Zo["o]l.) See Chief hare.

    Sea hare. (Zo["o]l.) See Aplysia.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hara "hare," from West Germanic *hasan- (cognates: Old Frisian hasa, Middle Dutch haese, Dutch haas, Old High German haso, German Hase), possibly with a sense of "gray" (compare Old English hasu, Old High German hasan "gray"), from PIE *kas- "gray" (cognates: Latin canus "white, gray, gray-haired"). Perhaps cognate with Sanskrit sasah, Afghan soe, Welsh ceinach "hare." Rabbits burrow in the ground; hares do not. Hare-lip is from 1560s.þou hast a crokyd tunge heldyng wyth hownd and wyth hare. ["Jacob's Well," c.1440]


"to harry, harass," 1520s; meaning "to frighten" is 1650s; of uncertain origin; connections have been suggested to harry (v.) and to hare (n.). Related: Hared; haring.


Etymology 1 n. 1 Any of several plant-eating animals of the family Leporidae, especially of the genus ''Lepus'', similar to a rabbit, but larger and with longer ears. 2 The player in a paperchase, or hare and hounds game, who leaves a trail of paper to be followed. vb. (context intransitive English) To move swiftly. Etymology 2

alt. (context obsolete English) To excite; to tease, or worry; to harry. vb. (context obsolete English) To excite; to tease, or worry; to harry.

  1. n. swift timid long-eared mammal larger than a rabbit having a divided upper lip and long hind legs; young born furred and with open eyes

  2. flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food [syn: rabbit]


v. run quickly, like a hare; "He hared down the hill"

Hare (computer virus)

The Hare Virus is a destructive computer virus which infected DOS and Windows 95 machines in August 1996. It was also known as Hare.7610, Krsna and HD Euthanasia.

Hare (hieroglyph)

The ancient Egyptian Hare hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed no. E34 is a portrayal of the desert hare of Egypt, within the Gardiner signs for mammals. The ancients used the name of sekhat for the hare.

The biliteral expresses the sound "oon", or "oonen",; it is also an ideogram for the verb "to be", or "to exist", (i.e. "is", "are", "was", etc.).

The famous Pharaoh Unas, (for his Pyramid texts), is named using the hare hieroglyph.



Hares and jackrabbits are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus. Hares are classified into the same family as rabbits. They are similar in size and form to rabbits and eat the same diet. They are generally herbivorous and long-eared, they are fast runners, and they typically live solitarily or in pairs. Hare species are native to Africa, Eurasia, North America, and the Japanese archipelago.

Five leporid species with "hare" in their common names are not considered true hares: the hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus), and four species known as red rock hares (comprising Pronolagus). Meanwhile, jackrabbits are hares rather than rabbits.

A hare less than one year old is called a leveret. The collective noun for a group of hares is a "drove".

Hare (disambiguation)

A hare is a mammal very closely related to the rabbit.

Hare may also refer to:


  • Hare (surname), including a list of people with the name
  • Hare Indians or Slavey, a Canadian First Nations aboriginal people
  • Hare Krishna Konar (1915–1974), Bengali communist politician
  • Hare Te Rangi (born 1977), New Zealand former rugby league footballer


  • Hare Bay (Newfoundland), Canada
  • Hares Canyon, Oregon
  • Hare Island, next to the port of Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Hare or Zayachy Island, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Hare, a hamlet in the parish of Broadway, Somerset
  • Hare nome or simply "the Hare", a nome in ancient Egypt

Other uses:

  • Hare baronets, three baronetcies, one of England and two of the United Kingdom
  • Handley Page Hare, a British bomber aircraft retired in 1937
  • Hare (hieroglyph)
  • Hare (computer virus), which infected MS-DOS and Windows 95 machines in August 1996
  • Hare Psychopathy Checklist, a contemporary psycho-diagnostic tool commonly used to assess psychopathy
  • Hare School, one of the oldest schools (grades 1-12) in Kolkata, India
  • Hare Field, a sports facility in Hillsboro, Oregon
Hare (surname)

Hare is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Hare (MCC cricketer)

Hare (first name and dates unknown) was an English cricketer who was associated with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and made his first-class debut in 1830.

Usage examples of "hare".

The important character of the Algonkian myths is the Great Hare, whose name was Manabozho, and he did valiant battle with giants and cannibals and witches.

Bay, the Algonkins were never tired of gathering around the winter fire and repeating the story of Manibozho or Michabo, the Great Hare.

The Algonkins, who knew no other meaning for Michabo than the Great Hare, had lost, by a false etymology, the best part of their religion.

For despite their madness, the Hare and Hatter here seem to know a good deal more than Alice does about the relations between meaning and saying.

Furthermore, after being told specifically by the Cheshire Cat that the Hatter and the March Hare are both mad, Alice, when she meets them in her next adventure, remains unin-structed and stubbornly persists in her futile attempts to relate their crazy, disordered actions to her old notions of order and sanity.

A hare bounded into view, froze, its ears twitching, anl then flinched and leaped away into the cover of mustard flowei and sedge.

The squire, however, sent after his sister the same holloa which attends the departure of a hare, when she is first started before the hounds.

Karen Cecile, Nicole Hare, Ruth Stuart, Samuel Paik, Iris Peace, David Brukman, Lara Herrera, Liz Bennefeld, Michael Picray, Tim Bowie, Don Bassie, and Alan Mietlowski.

We say in Bethlehem that a Benjamite can sling a stone at a hare and catch him as he jumps.

The Bofors gun hammered in reply and Genevieve saw Martin Hare lifted up and blown back.

He would set snares for squirrel and hare, then leave them overnight while he pushed on in hopes of knocking down a capercaillie or the like.

While we crept away in the dark to shoot ice hares, Mace was standing dogwatch over the camp.

Koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, and other marsupials huddled in the creek along with snakes and hares, emus, kiwis, and other birds.

On the 21st of January the first general action was fought at Fort Hare and the Fingo village of Abee.

The sign underneath the gas lantern depicted a bright blue gazehound in hot pursuit of an equally blue hare.