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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. 2015.
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  • But they used it a good deal to scrub with, and jack rabbit made it himself because he was smart and knew how.

  • The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Even as it flashed, Buck doubled up like a jack rabbit and leaped for the shelter of a live oak, some thirty yards distant.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • I thought that thing was a jack rabbit the way it went up the hill!

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Then they all formed a procession and marched to jack rabbit's house, to take home the bride and groom.

    Hollow Tree Nights and Days Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Little jack rabbit stopped right then and there to look about him.

  • At this moment Mr. Coyote appeared, from down the slope, with a jack rabbit in his jaws.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • He's 'bout you size, but he ain' no mo' laik you den a jack rabbit's laik an' owl.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Swift as he is, however, the jack rabbit and the antelope leave him behind.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • You'll have to take the hill cut to jack rabbit Run on your way in.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
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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