The definition of a mare is an adult female horse, donkey, burro or mule.(noun)
An example of a mare is a horse that gives birth.
See mare in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OE mere, fem. of mearh, akin to Ger mähre, jade, prob. < IE base *marko-, horse, seen only in Gmc & Celt (Ir marc, Welsh march, horse)
noun pl. maria
Origin: L, sea < IE base *mori > Goth marei, sea, OE mere, sea, lake, Welsh mor, sea
Origin: ME < OE, akin to Ger dial. mahr, ON mar < IE *mora, incubus < base *mer-, to rub, seize > Gr marainein, to quench, OIr meirb, lifeless, OE mearu, soft
Origin: transl. of Sp Isla de la Yegua: said to be for a mare that swam to the island and joined a herd of elk
See mare in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , alteration of Old English mȳre (influenced by forms of mearh, horse); see marko- in Indo-European roots.
noun pl. ma·ri·a (-rē-ə)
Origin: Latin, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
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