from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To move hurriedly, as if hunting a swift quarry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To move swiftly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. A small constellation situated south of and under the foot of Orion; Lepus.
  • transitive v. To excite; to tease, harass, or worry; to harry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To harass; worry; frighten.
  • See he, I., D .
  • n. A rodent quadruped of the family Leporidæ and genus Lepus.
  • n. [capitalized] In astronomy, one of the forty-eight ancient constellations of Ptolemy, situated in the southern hemisphere.
  • n. Everybody; people generally.
  • 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.

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

  • 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


Middle English, from Old English hara.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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