1. [syn: paper chase, hare and hounds]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
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
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
2. (Astron.) A small constellation situated south of and
under the foot of Orion; Lepus.
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
hare and hounds
n 1: 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, hare and hounds]