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rodent-like mammal having long ears; a rabbit: The race was like the tortoise and the hare.
Not to be confused with:
hair – filament that grows from the skin: Her hair was long and shiny.
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.
intr.v. hared, har·ing, hares
To move hurriedly, as if hunting a swift quarry.
n, pl hares or hare
1. (Animals) any solitary leporid mammal of the genus Lepus, such as L. europaeus (European hare). Hares are larger than rabbits, having longer ears and legs, and live in shallow nests (forms).
2. make a hare of someone informal Irish to defeat someone completely
3. run with the hare and hunt with the hounds to be on good terms with both sides
(intr; often foll by off, after, etc) informal Brit to go or run fast or wildly
[Old English hara; related to Old Norse heri, Old High German haso, Swedish hare, Sanskrit śaśá]
1. (Biography) Sir David. born 1947, British dramatist and theatre director: his plays include Plenty (1978), Pravda (with Howard Brenton, 1985), The Secret Rapture (1989), Racing Demon (1990), The Permanent Way (2003), and Stuff Happens (2004)
2. (Biography) William. 19th century, Irish murderer and bodysnatcher: associate of William Burke
(Peoples) a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada
[of Athapascan origin]
n., pl. hares, (esp. collectively) hare.
any of several long-eared, hopping lagomorphs of the family Leporidae, esp. of the genus Lepus, closely related to the rabbits but usu. larger and characteristically bearing well-developed young.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hara; akin to Middle Dutch haese, Old High German haso, Old Norse heri hare]
Any of various mammals similar to rabbits but having longer ears and legs and giving birth to active, furred young. Most hares are burrowing animals but do not make extensive warrens the way rabbits do.
hare, rabbit, jackrabbit - Hares live in the open and bear young that have fur at birth, while rabbits live in burrows and bear young that are naked at birth; jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits.
See also related terms for naked.
Past participle: hared
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|Noun||1.||hare - 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|
leveret - a young hare especially one in its first year
European hare, Lepus europaeus - large hare introduced in North America; does not turn white in winter
jackrabbit - large hare of western North America
Arctic hare, Lepus arcticus, polar hare - a large hare of northern North America; it is almost completely white in winter
Lepus americanus, snowshoe hare, snowshoe rabbit, varying hare - large large-footed North American hare; white in winter
|2.||hare - flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food|
European rabbit, Old World rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus - common greyish-brown burrowing animal native to southern Europe and northern Africa but introduced elsewhere; widely domesticated and developed in various colors and for various needs; young are born naked and helpless
cottontail, cottontail rabbit, wood rabbit - common small rabbit of North America having greyish or brownish fur and a tail with a white underside; a host for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)
hare - 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
game - the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
|Verb||1.||hare - run quickly, like a hare; "He hared down the hill"|
run - move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; "Don't run--you'll be out of breath"; "The children ran to the store"
harenounrabbits and hares
n → (Feld)hase m; hare and hounds (= game) → Schnitzeljagd f; to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds (prov) → es mit niemandem verderben wollen; to start a hare (fig) → vom Thema ablenken ? mad
n → Glockenblume f
n → Hasenscharte f
hare[hɛəʳ] n → lepre f
an animal with long ears, like a rabbit but slightly larger. haas أرْنَب заек lebre zajíc der Hase hare λαγόςliebre jänes خرگوش صحرایی jänis lièvre אַרנֶבֶת खरगोश zec (mezei) nyúl terwelu héri lepre 野うさぎ 산토끼 kiškis zaķis sejenis arnab haasharezając سوى lebre iepure de câmp заяц zajac zajec zec hare กระต่ายป่า เป็นสัตว์ในตระกูล Lepus yabani tavşan 野兔 заєць خرگوش thỏ rừng 野兔