(epus.) [Sax. hara.]A well-known animal, with long ears, a short tail, soft hair, and a divided upper lip. Hares are found almost all over the world. They differ from rabbits chiefly in their habits. Rabbits live together in burrows dug under the ground ; but hares live separately, each one making a nest of grass for itself. They pass the greater part of the day in sleep, and in the evening creep out to feed. Green vegetables and root crops are their chief food. Hares are very timid, and move swiftly by leaps. They afford fine sport to the hunter, and in some countries are hunted with hounds. Their flesh is very good, and is much used for making soup.