from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large, long-limbed hare or rabbit, Lepus aquations, inhabiting the fresh-water swamps and bayous of the southern United States, as in Mississippi and Louisiana, where it is locally known as the water-rabbit.
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I saw the large "swamp-hare" leap from her form by the selvage of the cane-brake; and, still more tempting game, the fallow-deer twice bounded before me, roused from its covert in the shady thickets of the pawpaw-trees.
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