Hare and hounds
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]


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  • Hare and Hounds — may refer to: *Paper Chase (aka: Hare Hounds) A running race laying where a hare leaves a trail of paper to follow. *Hare and Hound (Motorcycle Race) An off road motorcycle race *Hare and Hounds (Board Game) A simple boardgame where 3 hounds… …   Wikipedia

  • hare and hounds — n. a game in which some players, called “hounds,” chase others, called “hares,” who have left a trail of paper scraps along their route …   English World dictionary

  • hare and hounds — hare′ and hounds′ n. gam a game of chase in which one player scatters a trail of paper bits for others to follow • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • hare and hounds — noun an outdoor game; one group of players (the hares) start off on a long run scattering bits of paper (the scent) and pursuers (the hounds) try to catch them before they reach a designated spot • Syn: ↑paper chase • Hypernyms: ↑game * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • hare and hounds — n. outdoor game of chase in which some of the players (the hares) leave a trail of paper and the others (the hounds) try to follow the trail and find and catch them …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hare and hounds — an outdoor game in which certain players, the hares, start off in advance on a long run, scattering small pieces of paper, called the scent, with the other players, the hounds, following the trail so marked in an effort to catch the hares before… …   Universalium

  • hare and hounds — noun Date: 1840 a game in which some of the players leave a trail and others try to follow the trail to find and catch them …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hare and hounds — noun a game in which a group of people chase another person or group across the countryside …   English new terms dictionary

  • hare and hounds — noun a kind of paperchase …   Australian English dictionary

  • Hare and Hounds (board game) — Hare and Hounds is a two player strategic, deterministic board game. The game originated in 19th century France, where it is said to have been popular with military officers during the Franco Prussian War. The game is also known as the French… …   Wikipedia

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