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jack rabbit

noun
  1. any of various large hares of western North America, having very long hind legs and long ears.
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Origin of jack rabbit

1860–65; jack(ass) + rabbit; so named from the size of its ears
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Examples from the Web for jack-rabbit

Historical Examples

  • An' all as scared as a jack-rabbit that's heard the howl of a wolf.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Then came the turn of the fifth jack-rabbit, 149 the beautiful one with stripes and spots.

    Rootabaga Stories

    Carl Sandburg

  • “I think it was only a jack-rabbit; and I can see the shelter now,” he said.

  • They had been chasing a jack-rabbit across the mesa for sport.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

  • While I sit around guessing I'm a man because I know a jack-rabbit from a bull-moose.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum


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
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Word Origin

C19: shortened from jackass-rabbit, referring to its long ears
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