snowshoe hare

noun

Definition of snowshoe hare

: a hare (Lepus americanus) of northern North America with heavy fur on the hind feet and a coat that in most populations is brown in the summer but usually white in the winter

called also snowshoe rabbit, varying hare

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snowshoe hare: 1 winter coat; 2 summer coat

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Consider the snowshoe hare, whose fur coat has evolved to change from brown to white during the winter for camouflage. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "5 plants and animals utterly confused by climate change," 10 Apr. 2018 Animals like the snowshoe hare, found in the boreal forests of Alaska, undergo a seasonal molt from brown in the summer to white in the winter to camouflage with their environment. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 There is some good news for the snowshoe hare, however. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "5 plants and animals utterly confused by climate change," 10 Apr. 2018 Coyotes, lynx and fox have benefited from the increasing snowshoe hare population. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm weather, abundant rodents make for happy raptors," 9 Jan. 2018 Near McGrath, Jack Whitman found the rear half of one snowshoe hare in one box and the matching front half in another, just 1,200 feet away. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018 Consider the snowshoe hare, whose fur coat has evolved to change from brown to white during the winter for camouflage. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, "5 plants and animals utterly confused by climate change," 10 Apr. 2018 That’s good news for snowshoe hares, the scientists say: As the climate warms, ever-larger regions will be snowless, making the white fur an ever-greater liability. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How the snowshoe hare is losing its white winter coat," 21 June 2018 Consider the snowshoe hare, whose fur coat has evolved to change from brown to white during the winter for camouflage. New York Times, "5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change," 4 Apr. 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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