jumping hare

noun

: a sciuromorph rodent (Pedetes cafer) of southern and eastern Africa that resembles a kangaroo in form, that is about two feet long, and that is tawny brown in color and of nocturnal and social habits

called also springhaas

Word History

Etymology

translation of Afrikaans springhaas, from Dutch springen to jump + haas hare

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“Jumping hare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20hare. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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