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OED 1. a. A rodent quadruped of the genus Lepus, having long ears and hind legs, a short tail, and a divided upper lip.
Forms: 1-2 hara, 2- hare, (4-5 haar(e, hayre, 5 are, 6-7 Sc. hair(e).
[A Com. Teut. n.: OE. hara, = OFris. hase (WFris. haeze, MDu. haese, ze, Du. haas), etc:]
some uses such as a mad march hare, nad other sayings.
1633 ROWLEY Match Midn. v. in Hazl. Dodsley XIII. 88 As I have been bawd to the flesh, you have been bawd to your money; so set the hare-pie against the goose-giblets. 1658-9 BURTON Diary 9 Mar. (1828) IV. 108 Keep to your debate. You have two hares a-foot. You will lose both