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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Recent Examples on the Web Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2 can cause swelling, internal bleeding and liver damage in rabbits, hares, jackrabbits and pikas, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A deadly virus is killing wild rabbits in the United Sates," 19 May 2020 Accompanied by the jackrabbit Firestone and eventually Happy, another rat, Bud goes on a journey of rescue and redemption, trying to find Artemisia, a land said to be free of human intervention. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Can Puppets Save the World From Extinction?," 10 Feb. 2020 That includes protagonists like Thornton and events like the clubbing of jackrabbits that arrived en masse. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Devastation hits close to home in 'Dust Bowl,’ a warning from Dallas’ Verdigris Ensemble that it could happen again," 21 Feb. 2020 Like a family of jackrabbits, the breed of subcompact luxury crossovers is multiplying at an alarming rate. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Popular Lexus NX300h Makes Hybrid Crossovers Look Cool," 20 Feb. 2020 Eastern and northern coyotes can approach 60 pounds, while those from the southwest generally weigh half as much, even after a jackrabbit buffet. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Coyote Cartridges," 17 Sep. 2019 But the harsh environment is not kind to wood, as Mr. McAdam pointed out, and many jackrabbit homesteads have disintegrated. New York Times, "In the Desert With Jackrabbits and Clint Eastwood," 1 Oct. 2019 Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire averaged nearly 6 yards per carry and left several Longhorns looking like kids trying, and failing, to corral a jackrabbit in an open field. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Despite struggles, Texas DC Todd Orlando believes breakthrough is coming," 12 Sep. 2019 The vast proliferation of topical humor that has resulted across various media has turned Mad into a tortoise among jackrabbits. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Alas, poor Mad magazine, pulled under by its own humor wave," 5 July 2019

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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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The first known use of jackrabbit was in 1863

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25 May 2020

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“Jackrabbit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackrabbit. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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