Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young hare, especially one less than a year old.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young hare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hare in the first year of its age.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hare in its first year; a young hare.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young hare especially one in its first year

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, diminutive of levere, hare, from Latin lepus, lepor-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, diminutive of levre, from Old French lievre, from Latin lepus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Martha's exclamation of surprise and delight at seeing the leveret was the first sound that Stephen heard in the morning; but he preserved a sullen silence as to his absence the previous night, and Martha was too shrewd to press him with questions.

    Fern's Hollow

  • Over the course of the year, he's almost hit on the head by a sparrowhawk, gets a whiff of "bad badger breath" when three cubs cannon into his lap, and watches two stoats massacre a screaming leveret, their normally creamy bibs "the colour of a slaughterman's apron".

    A Year in the Woods: The Diary of a Forest Ranger by Colin Elford

  • The same winds dry out the stacked brushwood, which settles imperceptiblyas a pheasant or a leveret, when surprised, settles itself stealthily into the ground.

    Wildwood

  • The scent of the leveret lies stronger150 than that of the grown animal.

    On Hunting

  • What leveret could escape amidst so many keen-sighted hunters?

    The Love of Books : The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

  • The hare and the rabbit were well enough known, and with the leveret form part of an enumeration of wild animals (animalium ferarum) in a pictorial vocabulary of the fifteenth century.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • They heard Marvel squeal like a caught leveret, and forthwith they were clambering over the bar to his rescue.

    The Invisible Man

  • The abbe, who concluded, from these symptoms of disgust, that the leveret was not sufficiently stale, began to exhibit marks of discontent, and desired that it might be brought to the other end of the table for his examination.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • This was a roasted leveret, very strong of the fumet, which happened to be placed directly under his nose.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • She hates the leveret that runs across the path; she hates everything that is not what she longs for.

    Adam Bede

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