From Middle English leveret, leverette, from Anglo-Norman leveret, levrat, diminutive of levre, from Latin lepore, lepus (hare), of non-Indo-European origin.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛvəɹɪt/, /ˈlɛvɹɪt/
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leveret (plural leverets)

  1. A young hare less than one year old.
    Synonym: hareling
    • 1623, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, Act V, Scene 5,[1]
      [] Shall I die like a leveret,
      Without any resistance?—Help, help, help!
      I am slain!
    • 1686, Edmund Waller, “Of a Tree cut in Paper” in Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller, London: H. Herringman,[2]
      Fair Hand that can on Virgin-paper write,
      Yet from the stain of Ink preserve it white,
      Whose travel o’er that Silver Field does show,
      Like track of Leveretts in morning Snow;
    • 1720, Alexander Pope (translator), The Iliad of Homer, Book 10,[3]
      As when two skilful hounds the leveret wind;
      Or chase through woods obscure the trembling hind;
      Now lost, now seen, they intercept his way,
      And from the herd still turn the flying prey:
      So fast, and with such fears, the Trojan flew;
      So close, so constant, the bold Greeks pursue.
    • 1897, H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells, “chapter 16”, in The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, →OCLC:
      They heard Marvel squeal like a caught leveret, and forthwith they were clambering over the bar to his rescue.


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