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jack rabbit

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noun
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for jack rabbit

jack rabbit

noun
  1. 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
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