jackrabbit (n.) 1863, American English, shortening of jackass-rabbit (1851), so called for its long ears. Proverbial for bursts of speed (up to 45 mph).

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  • jackrabbit — UK [ˈdʒækˌræbɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms jackrabbit : singular jackrabbit plural jackrabbits a wild animal like a large rabbit that lives in open areas of the US …   English dictionary

  • jackrabbit — /jak rab it/, adj. 1. resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement: The car made a jackrabbit start when the traffic light turned green. v.i. 2. to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement. [1925 30; see JACK… …   Universalium

  • jackrabbit — noun Etymology: 1jack (jackass) + rabbit; from its long ears Date: 1863 any of several large hares (genus Lepus) of western North America having very long ears and long hind legs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • jackrabbit — jack|rab|bit [ˈdʒækˌræbıt] n a large North American ↑hare (=animal like a large rabbit) with very long ears …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jackrabbit — jack|rab|bit [ dʒæk,ræbıt ] noun count a wild animal like a large RABBIT that lives in open areas of the U.S …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jackrabbit — n. large hare with long ears and long hind legs (common to western North America) …   English contemporary dictionary

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