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mare in Animals topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmaremare /meə $ mer/ noun [countable]  1 HBAa female horse or donkeystallion, filly2 mare’s nest3 British English spoken informal if someone is having a mare, things are going very badly for them at the moment. It is short for nightmare The Arsenal goalkeeper had a mare in the first half.
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mareExcept in the case of the stallion deliberately herding his mares, this is not a question of dominance or bullying.I rather gather Geoffrey, my youngest, has got a nice mare showing.Recruit sought: Cleveland Police are looking for an unusual recruit a horse following the retirement of ten-year-old mare Gellerdale.The wood was only a hundred paces away, but the sweat-streaked mare was blown and slowing.And the mare, as if finally understanding, begins to strain, tosses her head wildly, pulls at the reins.The mare struggles, writhes, strains.