from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small hare abounding in western North America, Lepus artemisia: so called from its habitat, which corresponds to the regions where sage-brush is the characteristic vegetation. It is the western representative of the common molly-cottontail, L. sylvaticus, from which it differs little.
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We camped there at Hilltop that night, and after a supper of fried sage-rabbit, corn cakes, and coffee, I rolled into the blankets and fell asleep without worrying about the morrow.
Like the way we trapped a sage-rabbit once when we'd run out of supplies out in Hadriacum. "