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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).
Moving or beginning to move in a sudden, rapid manner: won the race with a jackrabbit start.

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



(Animals) 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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

jack′ rab`bit

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]


(ˈdʒækˌræb ɪt)

1. resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement.
2. to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement.
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Over the moat Will sprang, through the bushes and briars, across the swamp, over stocks and stones, up the woodland roads in long leaps like a scared jack rabbit. And after him puffed the Sheriff and his men, their force scattering out in the flight as one man would tumble head-first into a ditch, another mire up in the swamp, another trip over a rolling stone, and still others sit down on the roadside and gasp for wind like fish out of water.
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