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

Illustration of snowshoe hare

Illustration of snowshoe hare
  • 1 winter coat
  • 2 summer coat

Examples of snowshoe hare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opossum, skunk, weasel, porcupine, snowshoe hare and woodchucks No season limits, bag limits, size limits or possession limits, but a license is required. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2017 One by one, a snowshoe hare, snowy owl, arctic fox and others take shelter under his warm tent-like coat. Jan Brett, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2023 To search for the answer, Sheriff and his coauthors scoured data from 6 decades' worth of snowshoe hare population data. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2015 In a study published in September, wildlife researchers studying ecosystems around Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park found that GEDI data improved their modeling of coyote, red squirrel, and snowshoe hare habitat. Bygabriel Popkin,, 2 Nov. 2022 When the dog stops like a dragonfly, then runs off sniffing an invisible path, a snowshoe hare has crossed your trail. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2022 Every few years, snowshoe hare numbers in the Canadian Yukon climb to a peak. Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 Boonstra knew that during the decline phase of the snowshoe hare cycle, the great majority of hares are killed by predators. Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 When snowshoe hare numbers are high, lynx often have more kittens, Taras said. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowshoe hare was circa 1890

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“Snowshoe hare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

snowshoe hare

: a rather large hare of northern North America with heavily furred hind feet and a coat that is brown in summer but usually white in winter

called also snowshoe rabbit

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