Sea hare

Sea hare
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.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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 {rabbits}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astron.) A small constellation situated south of and under the foot of Orion; Lepus. [1913 Webster]

{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} (Zo["o]l.), 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}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Jumping}.

{Little chief hare}, or {Crying hare}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Chief hare}.

{Sea hare}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Aplysia}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sea hare — (Zo[ o]l.) Any tectibranchiate mollusk of the genus {Aplysia}. See {Aplysia}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea hare — n. any of a family (Aplysiidae) of large, sluglike, gastropod sea mollusks, with a rudimentary internal shell and a prominent front pair of tentacles …   English World dictionary

  • sea hare — sea′ hare n. ivt any sluglike marine gastropod mollusk, genus Aplysia, having a pair of tentacles resembling rabbit ears • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • Sea hare — Taxobox name = Sea Hares image width = 200px image caption = Aplysia californica , a typical sea hare regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Gastropoda subclassis = Orthogastropoda superordo = Heterobranchia ordo = Opisthobranchia subordo …   Wikipedia

  • sea hare — noun naked marine gastropod having a soft body with reduced internal shell and two pairs of ear like tentacles • Syn: ↑Aplysia punctata • Hypernyms: ↑gastropod, ↑univalve • Member Holonyms: ↑Aplysia, ↑genus Aplysia, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea hare — any gastropod of the order Aplysiacea, comprising large marine sluglike mollusks with a reduced, internal shell. [1585 95] * * * ▪ gastropod  any marine gastropod of the family Aplysiidae (subclass Opisthobranchia, phylum Mollusca) that is… …   Universalium

  • sea hare — noun a large sea slug which has a minute internal shell and lateral extensions to the foot. [Aplysia and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sea hare — noun Date: 1593 any of various large opisthobranch mollusks (especially genus Aplysia) that have an arched back and two anterior tentacles and have the shell much reduced or missing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea hare — noun Any member of the genus Aplysia of the family Aplysiidae, large marine gastropod molluscs with a soft internal shell made of protein …   Wiktionary

  • sea hare — any of various molluscs of the order Aplysiacea having a reduced internal shell …   English contemporary dictionary

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