Is it a ‘hare’ or ‘rabbit’? Wondering what the difference is between the two? We’ll clear that up in this article, plus teach you how to pronounce both and use both correctly in a sentence.
In short, a ‘hare’ and a ‘rabbit’ look similar, but the difference is a ‘hare’ is bigger and has longer ears and hind legs. ‘Hares’ also usually live alone or in pairs in above-ground nests, but ‘rabbits’ tend to live together in groups of up to 20 in warrens (underground tunnels).
As you just learned, a ‘hare’ tends to be bigger than a ‘rabbit’ and has longer ears and hind legs. They also usually live either alone or in groups above ground.
‘Rabbits’ usually live underground and in groups of 20 or more.
The differences between a ‘hare’ and a ‘rabbit’ are apparent. The ‘rabbit’ is smaller with shorter ears and hind legs.
The ‘rabbit’ also usually lives underground, while the ‘hare’ lives above ground in a nest.
According to Merriam-Webster, a hare is a plant-eating animal that has long ears, short tails, and long, powerful hind legs. They usually live in pairs and get their fur at birth.
Merriam-Webster defines ‘rabbit’ as a long-eared, short-tailed mammal with long hind legs. They’re born furless, blind, and helpless.
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Since we know what the words mean and how to pronounce them, let’s move on to seeing some examples of how to use them in a sentence.
Now, let’s see some examples of how to use ‘rabbit’ in a sentence.
To recap, you learned that a ‘hare’ and a ‘rabbit’ look the same but have a few differences. The ‘hare’ is bigger, with longer ears and hind legs, and often lives above-ground in nests. The ‘rabbit’ is smaller and usually lives in groups of 20 or more underground. Therefore, you should never use these words interchangeably.
If you ever forget which is which, you can always come back here to refresh your memory. We’ve also got a ton of content on other confusing words and phrases you might come across in the English language. Go check it out.