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Hare (noun)

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Hare. n.s. [hara, Saxon; karh, Erse.]

  1. A small quadruped, with long ears and short tail, that moves by leaps, remarkable for timidity, vigilance, and fecundity; the common game of hunters.

                Dismay'd not this
    Our captains Macbeth and Banquo?
    —— Yes,
    As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion.
    Shakesp. Macb.

    We view in the open champaign a brace of swift greyhounds coursing a good stout and well breathed hare. More.

    Your dressings must be with Galen's powder and hare's fur. Wiseman's Surgery.

    Poor is the triumph o'er the timid hare. Thoms. Autumn.

  2. A constellation.

    The hare appears, whose active rays supply
    A nimble force, and hardly wings deny.

Sources: Creech, Thomas (12) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · More, Henry (28) · Thomson, James (73) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

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