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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"