snowshoe hare


snowshoe hare
a large-footed North American hare, Lepus americanus, that is white in winter and dark brown in summer. Also called snowshoe rabbit, varying hare.
[1885-90]

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or snowshoe rabbit or varying hare

Northern North American species (Lepus americanus) of hare that undergoes an annual colour change from brownish or grayish in summer to pure white in winter.

The hind feet are heavily furred, and all four feet are large in proportion to body size, a snowshoe-like adaptation that enables the hare to travel over snow.

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