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

Examples of jackrabbit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other than a passing stink bug, black tailed jackrabbit and a few buzzing hummingbirds feeding on the bright red chuparosa blossoms, there had not been much activity. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 The jackrabbit leaps that will continue well into 2023 will lift the the cost of groceries, rents, air fares, gasoline and most of the staples on families' shopping lists to a plateau high above pre-pandemic levels, in sudden shocks. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 The surprisingly large black-tailed jackrabbit is always a crowd-pleaser, as is the diminutive gray fox. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2022 EVs deliver lots more rotational power—torque—to the wheels; that’s why EVs take off like a jackrabbit when your foot touches the accelerator. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2021 The reason: the coming collapse of the high-flying apartment sector that has fueled its jackrabbit growth. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2021 Likewise, when there is a jackrabbit among other cars, there is likely a road rage that can emerge as other drivers try to cut off that Indy car or catch up and try to tell them off. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Some drivers like to do those jackrabbit starts, pushing the pedal to the metal and skyrocketing down the street. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Teams almost have to commit to using at least one specific player to help shadow and defend Murray because of his dual-threat ability as a runner with jackrabbit speed and Houdini-like elusiveness. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2021 See More

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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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“Jackrabbit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackrabbit. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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

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


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