harelip
noun Date: 1567 sometimes offensive cleft lip

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Harelip — Hare lip (h[^a]r l[i^]p ), n. A lip, commonly the upper one, having a fissure of perpendicular division like that of a hare. {Hare lipped } ( l[i^]pt ), a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harelip — [her′lip΄] n. CLEFT LIP harelipped adj …   English World dictionary

  • harelip — noun another term for cleft lip. Derivatives harelipped adjective Origin C16: from a perceived resemblance to the mouth of a hare. Usage The word harelip can cause offence and should be avoided; use cleft lip instead …   English new terms dictionary

  • harelip — hare•lip [[t]ˈhɛərˌlɪp[/t]] n. usage: cleft lip is the usual term for this condition. harelip is perceived as offensive by those who have the condition (because it refers to the cleft lip of a hare), but the term is often used in a neutral manner …   From formal English to slang

  • harelip — harelipped, adj. /hair lip /, n. 1. a congenitally deformed lip, usually the upper one, in which there is a vertical fissure causing it to resemble the cleft lip of a hare. 2. the deformity itself. Also called cleft lip. [1560 70; HARE + LIP] * * …   Universalium

  • harelip — noun A congenital malformation of the upper lip, reminiscent of the mouth of a hare. Syn: cleft lip See Also: hare, lip …   Wiktionary

  • harelip — SYN: cleft lip. * * * hare·lip ha(ə)r lip, he(ə)r n sometimes offensive CLEFT LIP hare·lipped lipt adj * * * n. see cleft lip * * * hare·lip (hārґlip) former name for …   Medical dictionary

  • harelip — Synonyms and related words: bowlegs, camelback, cleft palate, clubfoot, crookback, defacement, deformation, deformity, disfigurement, flatfoot, freakishness, humpback, hunchback, knock knee, kyphosis, lordosis, malconformation, malformation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • harelip — hare|lip [ˌheəˈlıp US ˌher ] n [singular] old fashioned [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Because it looks like a hare s top lip] an offensive word for the condition of having your top lip divided into two parts because it did not develop correctly… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • harelip — hare|lip [ her,lıp ] noun count OFFENSIVE a CLEFT PALATE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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