a large-footed North American hare, Lepus americanus, that is white in winter and dark brown in summer.
What’s The Difference Between A Bunny, A Rabbit, And A Hare?Let’s start with the two that have scientific names. Hares and rabbits are both in the family Leporidae, but they’re separate species. Both animals have long ears, powerful back legs, and a divided upper lip. But, hares are larger than rabbits. And, instead of creating burrows, hares make nests in the grass. The exposed nesting sites of hares hint at another big difference—when they’re born. Hares are precocial, …
Origin of snowshoe hare
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called snowshoe rabbit, varying hare.
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British Dictionary definitions for snowshoe hare
a N North American hare, Lepus americanus, having brown fur in summer, white fur in winter, and heavily furred feet
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