Jack Russell terrier
- any of a breed of small, short-legged terriers having large, erect ears and a short, white coat with brown or black markings.
Also called Jack Russell.
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- a small short-legged terrier having a white coat with tan, black, or lemon markings: there are rough- and smooth-haired varietiesAlso called: Jack Russell terrier
named after John Russell (1795–1883), English clergyman who developed the breed
Word Origin and History for jack russell
type of terrier (not recognized as a distinct breed), 1907, named for the Rev. John Russell (1795-1883) of Devonshire, "the sporting parson."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper