jack rabbit

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

Origin:
1860–65; jack(ass) + rabbit; so named from the size of its ears

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jack rabbit
 
n
any of various W North American hares, such as Lepus townsendi (white-tailed jack rabbit), having long hind legs and large ears
 
[C19: shortened from jackass-rabbit, referring to its long ears]

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They spot a jack rabbit and open fire, immediately hitting their target.
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