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jack rabbit

any of various large hares of western North America, having very long hind legs and long ears.
Origin of jack rabbit
1860-65; jack(ass) + rabbit; so named from the size of its ears Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • I thought that thing was a jack rabbit the way it went up the hill!

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • He is not as well known as his commoner cousin, plain jack rabbit.

  • Little jack rabbit stopped right then and there to look about him.

  • He's 'bout you size, but he ain' no mo' laik you den a jack rabbit's laik an' owl.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • You'll have to take the hill cut to jack rabbit Run on your way in.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • Swift as he is, however, the jack rabbit and the antelope leave him behind.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Then, more like a swift jack rabbit, she flew out of the house.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • The cowboy does not try to follow the jack rabbit, but the blooded racer did.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Then jack rabbit knew that something had to be done, and there was no time to lose.

    Making Up with Mr. Dog Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for jack rabbit

jack rabbit

any of various W North American hares, such as Lepus townsendi (white-tailed jack rabbit), having long hind legs and large ears
Word Origin
C19: shortened from jackass-rabbit, referring to its long ears
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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