snowshoe hare

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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 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 Like the iconic arctic fox, the snowshoe hare dons white fur for the winter—a good camouflage in the snow. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How the snowshoe hare is losing its white winter coat," 21 June 2018 There is some good news for the snowshoe hare, however. New York Times, "5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change," 4 Apr. 2018 We’ve only visited in winter, when the tracks of snowshoe hares and the hoof prints of moose pepper the forest. Brian Irwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Yurts combine wilderness experience, comfort," 21 Mar. 2018 Fresh food in March, if people were lucky, was fish from traps set in ice and grouse and snowshoe hares snared with loops of sinew. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "A scientist’s view of Alaska, 150 years ago," 11 Mar. 2018 The species is classified as a species of least concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, but in the U.S. is considered threatened because of climate and habitat threats to snowshoe hares, their primary prey. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "These Wild Cats Make the Weirdest Sound," 6 Sep. 2017

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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