• WordNet 3.6
    • n Lepus type genus of the Leporidae: hares
    • n Lepus a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Orion and Columba
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Lepus The representative and only extant genus of Leporidæ. There are about 30 species, of most parts of the world except Australia. South America has but one, the tapeti, L. brasiliensis. India and Africa have several, and North America the largest number. L. timidus is the common hare of Europe. L. cuniculus is the common rabbit, the original of the domestic varieties. The polar hare, white in winter, is L. timidus, var. arcticus. Several other species also turn white. L. americanus is the common varying hare of North America. L. campestris is the northern prairie-hare. L. callotis and L. californicus are two large southern hares of the same continent. L. aquaticus is the swamp-hare of the southern United States. L. palustris is the marsh-hare. The common wood-rabbit or molly cottontail of the United States is L. sylvaticus, of which there are several varieties in the West. See cuts under cottontail, hare, and jack-rabbit.
    • n Lepus An ancient southern constellation, situated south of Orion and east of Canis Major. Its brightest star, of 2.7 magnitude, is in a line from the middle star of Orion's belt through the sword of Orion.
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In literature:

A single fragment of the bone of a hare (Lepus timidus) has been found at Moosseedorf.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
A rodent of the genus lepus.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
This is remarkable, as Gervais gives {121} seven as the number for the whole genus Lepus.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Lord Lepus was a fine player.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
"A Synopsis of the North American Lagomorpha" by E. Raymond Hall
Being so small, they called in the black-naped hare (Lepus nigricollis) to plough their fields.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
The constellation Eridanus lies south of Taurus, east of Cetus, and west of Lepus.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore
A particularly interesting instance is afforded by the Porto-Santo rabbit (Lepus Huxleyi).
"The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
Lamb's signature, Lepus (a hare), is appended to all that are here included.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Giant bunnies are not scary MGM learned that the hard way with the 1972 schlock film Night of the Lepus.
Friends' night of the lepus goes to the dogs.