arctic hare


: a gregarious hare (Lepus arcticus) of the tundra of Greenland and northern Canada that turns white in winter and is a major food source for arctic predators (such as wolves and snowy owls)

Examples of arctic hare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The arctic fox population usually cycles through high and low stages depending on the population size of the arctic hare. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Here’s looking at you: The positioning of an arctic hare’s eyes, seen here at sunset, allows the animal to check for predators in virtually all directions without turning its head. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi, National Geographic, 5 Nov. 2020 His daemon is an arctic hare named Hester (voiced by Cristela Alonzo). Nick Romano,, 3 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arctic hare was in 1842

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“Arctic hare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

arctic hare

: a large hare of arctic America that is almost completely white in winter
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