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  Dictionary Definition of hare

hare
noun ( plural hares or, especially collectively, hare )

1. a rodent-like mammal of the genus Lepus (order Lagomorpha), rabbit-like, with long ears, divided upper lip, short tail, and lengthened hind limbs adapted for leaping.
2. any of the larger solitary members of the genus distinguished from the smaller gregarious social rabbits.
3. any of various similar animals of the same family.
4. the person chased or pursued in the game of hare and hounds.
-- verb (i) ( hared, haring )
5. to run fast.
-- phrase
6. start a hare, to bring an irrelevant point into an argument.
[ME; OE hara, c. Dan. hare; akin to G Hase. Cf. OE hasu grey]
-- harelike, adjective