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 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, "Cardinals have a new secret weapon in WR Rondale Moore, who could force defenses to change," 2 May 2021 Western coyotes love chowing down on a big old jackrabbit, and the Jack Rabbit Distress call from Bugling Bull provides deep-throated, slower squalls that mimic a jack in trouble. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, "Coyote Nation: A Crash Course in Coyote Hunting," 25 Jan. 2021 Later that month, the state’s first cases in wild rabbits were detected in a black-tailed jackrabbit in Lubbock County and cottontail in Hudspeth County. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Hunters’ help is sought in rabbit virus outbreak," 10 Dec. 2020 That's well above the long-term average for the Nasdaq 100, but looks reasonable given that our group is packed with superstars, though big earners Apple, Microsoft, and Intel, are veterans well past their jackrabbit growth phases. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Want to understand why tech stocks are crashing? This metric explains it all," 9 Sep. 2020 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

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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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16 May 2021

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“Jackrabbit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackrabbit. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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