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leveret (LEV-uhr-it) noun

A young hare, especially one less than a year old.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, diminutive of levere, hare, from Latin lepus, lepor-.]

"Hares are precocious and, unlike rabbits, are born above ground with eyes open, and bodies fully haired. The young leveret doubles its weight in eight days and is weaned by three weeks." Marty, Sid, The lynx and the hare, Canadian Geographic, 19 Sep 1995.

This week's theme: words for animal offspring.

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