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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Hare \Hare\, n. [AS. hara; akin to D. haas, G. hase, OHG. haso,
     Dan. & Sw. hare, Icel. h[=e]ri, Skr. [,c]a[,c]a. [root]226.]
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     1. (Zool.) 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

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     Note: The species of hares are numerous. The common European
           hare is {Lepus timidus}. The northern or varying hare
           of America ({Lepus Americanus}), and the prairie hare
           ({Lepus campestris}), turn white in winter. In America,
           the various species of hares are commonly called
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     2. (Astron.) A small constellation situated south of and
        under the foot of Orion; Lepus.
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     {Hare and hounds}, a game played by men and boys, two, called
        hares, having a few minutes' start, and scattering bits of
        paper to indicate their course, being chased by the
        others, called the hounds, through a wide circuit.
     {Hare kangaroo} (Zool.), a small Australian kangaroo
        ({Lagorchestes Leporoides}), resembling the hare in size
        and color,
     {Hare's lettuce} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Sonchus}, or
        sow thistle; -- so called because hares are said to eat it
        when fainting with heat. --Dr. Prior.
     {Jumping hare}. (Zool.) See under {Jumping}.
     {Little chief hare}, or {Crying hare}. (Zool.) See {Chief
     {Sea hare}. (Zool.) See {Aplysia}.
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