One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In singular and (usually) plural A hare or rabbit.
2In singular and plural An ass or donkey. Also figurative: a stupid person, a conceited idiot.
3Frequently with capital initials. A member of a semi-legendary people said to have once inhabited Easter Island and who (according to some accounts) were distinguished by artificially lengthened ears.
A variety of two-rowed barley having long ears (often contrasted with sprat-barley).
Middle English; earliest use found in Names Hare. From long + ear<br>early 16th century; earliest use found in John Fitzherbert (d. 1531). From long + ear.
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