American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various mammals of the family Leporidae, especially of the genus Lepus, similar to rabbits but having longer ears and legs and giving birth to active, furred young.
- v. To move hurriedly, as if hunting a swift quarry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent quadruped of the family Leporidæ and genus Lepus. It has four upper front teeth instead of only two as usual in Rodentia (the extra pair placed behind the others), long mobile ears, short cocked-up tail, lengthened hind limbs, furry soles, and cleft upper lip. The species are numerous, and are found in most countries, especially of the northern hemisphere; they are much alike, all nearly resembling the common hare of Europe, Lepus timidus. This animal in northerly and alpine countries turns more or less completely white in winter, and is then known as the varying hare. The polar hare, Lepus timidus, var. arcticus or glacialis, is the extreme phase of the same species; the American representative is L. americanus. The western United States harbor several very large, long-eared, long-limbed hares, such as L. campestris (which whitens in winter), L. callotis, and others, commonly known as jack-rabbits or jackass-rabbits. (See cut under
jack-rabbit.) Some hares are partly aquatic, as L. aquaticus of the southern United States. The hare is proverbial for its timidity and fleetness, and for its instinctive ingenuity in eluding enemies. The pursuit of it with hounds is called coursing, and has been a favorite sport from remote times. The rabbit, belonging to the same genus, is often included under the general term hare, and differs from it chiefly in its smaller size, and in its habit of burrowing instead of constructing forms in the grass as the hare does. See rabbit.
- n. [capitalized] In astronomy, one of the forty-eight ancient constellations of Ptolemy, situated in the southern hemisphere.
- n. Everybody; people generally.
- To harass; worry; frighten.
- See he, I., D .
- n. So many new species and subspecies of hares have been described of late years that common names have not kept pace with scientific names.
- n. Any of several plant-eating animals of the family Leporidae, especially of the genus Lepus, similar to a rabbit, but larger and with longer ears.
- v. intransitive To move swiftly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To excite; to tease, harass, or worry; to harry.
- n. (Zoöl.) A rodent of the genus Lepus, having long hind legs, a short tail, and a divided upper lip. It is a timid animal, moves swiftly by leaps, and is remarkable for its fecundity.
- n. (Astron.) A small constellation situated south of and under the foot of Orion; Lepus.
- n. flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food
- n. swift timid long-eared mammal larger than a rabbit having a divided upper lip and long hind legs; young born furred and with open eyes
- v. run quickly, like a hare
- From Middle English hare, from Old English hara ("hare"), from Proto-Germanic *hasô (compare West Frisian hazze, Dutch haas, German Hase, Swedish hare, Icelandic heri), from *Proto-Germanic *haswaz (“grey”) (compare Old English hasu, Middle High German heswe ("pale, dull")), from Proto-Indo-European *kas- (cf. Welsh cannu ("to whiten"), ceinach ("hare"), Latin cānus ("white"), cascus ("old"), Old Prussian sasins ("hare"), Pashto (soe, "hare"), Sanskrit शश (śaśa, "hare")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hara. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“All those pictures are beautiful, but he picture of the beagles and the hare is my favorite.”
“And now I'm reading John Green's marvelous An Abundance of Katherines, and am pleased to have found another child for whom fables were not all that: "if only he'd known that the story of the tortoise and the hare is about more than a tortoise and a hare, he might have saved himself considerable trouble.”
“OF all the animals in the forest the hare is the wisest, and the animals all know this.”
“The tortoise and the hare is like you sitting watching a guy getting his butt kicked and hoping he's going to land a punch and win.”
“The little hare is in her hands and she will take all the necessary care and advice.”
“There does appear to be widespread acceptance of its specific status, however, even though there is some indication that the species hybridizes with the Mountain hare L. timidus (Melo-Ferreira et al. 2005).”
“* The correct species name for the Brown hare is controversial and the reality/monophyly of the Blue hare has recently been contested.”
“Invasion from the cold past: extensive introgression of mountain hare (Lepus timidus) mitochondrial DNA into three other hare species in northern Iberia.”
“Then he called the hare and said, “Go, my dear runner, and fetch me some of the bread which the King is eating.””
“And maybe, just maybe, the tale of the tortoise and the hare is true.”
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