jackalope noun earlier than 1950

jackalope noun earlier than 1950

The jackalope is a mythical beast of the American West, in the form of a jackrabbit with horns like those of a deer or pronghorn antelope.

A jackalope in tragic circumstances. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A jackalope in tragic circumstances. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The earliest evidence of the creature’s name found so far by OED researchers is from a newspaper article written in 1950, but the article includes an (apparently facetious) reference to a jackalope sighting in 1829.  Less fanciful accounts suggest that the jackalope was invented by a taxidermist in Douglas, Wyoming in the 1930s.

1950 Altoona (Pa.) 2 March, p. 23

1950 Altoona (Pa.) Mirror 2 March, p. 23

Can you help us find earlier evidence of the word jackalope?

Posted by OED_Editor on 5 May 2015 19.32
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