jack·​rab·​bit | \ ˈjak-ˌra-bət How to pronounce jackrabbit (audio) \

Definition of jackrabbit

: any of several large hares (genus Lepus) of western North America having very long ears and long hind legs

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Now, a new study shows how: by borrowing a gene from a jackrabbit, one of their long-eared cousins. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How the snowshoe hare is losing its white winter coat," 21 June 2018 One key souvenir from that mating: a jackrabbit version of agouti, the gene that normally revs up its activity and turns snowshoe fur white in the winter, the researchers report today in Science. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How the snowshoe hare is losing its white winter coat," 21 June 2018 Part of it was just a reaction to the sheer, mad as a March jackrabbit frenzy of the NCAA Tournament. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "March Madness 2018: How the media (blush) saved Ohio State -- Bill Livingston," 16 Mar. 2018 One of the featured creatures is of the fantasy kind — a wolperdinger, Bavaria’s canine-fanged version of the Texas jackalope, a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "German hunting, fishing museum spans history back to the stone age," 14 June 2018 Some tours include lunch or dinner; all include sightings of jackrabbits and the occasional Joshua trees. Matt Villano, Sunset, "Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids," 22 Jan. 2018 Expect to find more than 1,200 species of plants, hundreds of species of birds making their migratory journey from south to north or vice versa, and animals such as jackrabbits, coyote, white-tail deer, and foxes. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The top U.S. wonders to visit this spring," 20 Mar. 2018 My head snapped up quicker than a jackrabbit on moonshine. Clarkisha Kent, The Root, "Bloody Mae," 11 Mar. 2018 Later investigation into the scientific literature revealed no one had ever recorded a badger entomb anything larger than a jackrabbit. Jegath Janani, National Geographic, "The 11 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2017," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of jackrabbit

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jackrabbit

jack entry 1 (jackass) + rabbit; from its long ears

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English Language Learners Definition of jackrabbit

: a North American animal that resembles a large rabbit and that is very fast


jack·​rab·​bit | \ ˈjak-ˌra-bət How to pronounce jackrabbit (audio) \

Kids Definition of jackrabbit

: a large hare of North America that has very long ears and long hind legs

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