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jack·rab·bit

 (jăk′răb′ĭt)
n. or jack rabbit
Any of several large, long-eared, long-legged hares of the genus Lepus.
intr.v. jack·rab·bit·ed, jack·rab·bit·ing, jack·rab·bits
To move or begin to move rapidly or suddenly: "A rear tire blew out and the car jackrabbited out of control" (Sonny Kleinfield).
adj.
Moving or beginning to move in a sudden, rapid manner: won the race with a jackrabbit start.

[jack(ass) (from its long ears) + rabbit.]

jack′ rab`bit


n.
any of various large hares of W North America, having long hind legs and long ears.
[1860–65; jack (ass) + rabbit; so named from the size of its ears]

jack•rab•bit

(ˈdʒækˌræb ɪt)

adj.
1. resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement.
v.i.
2. to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement.
[1925–30]
hare, rabbit, jackrabbit - Hares live in the open and bear young that have fur at birth, while rabbits live in burrows and bear young that are naked at birth; jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits.
See also related terms for naked.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jackrabbit - large hare of western North Americajackrabbit - large hare of western North America
genus Lepus, Lepus - type genus of the Leporidae: hares
hare - swift timid long-eared mammal larger than a rabbit having a divided upper lip and long hind legs; young born furred and with open eyes
Lepus townsendi, whitetail jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit - largest hare of northern plains and western mountains of United States; brownish-grey in summer and pale grey in winter; tail nearly always all white
blacktail jackrabbit, Lepus californicus - the common jackrabbit of grasslands and open areas of western United States; has large black-tipped ears and black streak on the tail
Verb1.jackrabbit - go forward or start with a fast, sudden movement
jump, startle, start - move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
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And thus he learned that there was no taboo on jackrabbits.
This part of the country was too settled for large game, but Billy kept Saxon supplied with squirrels and quail, cottontails and jackrabbits, snipe and wild ducks.
A big jackrabbit crossed our path, leaping swiftly and silently like a deer.
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and jackrabbits (Lepus californieus) from prehistoric archaeological sites has the potential to monitor short-term, local vegetation patterns.
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