[ jak-rab-it ]
/ ˈdʒækˌræb ɪt /
resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement: The car made a jackrabbit start when the traffic light turned green.
verb (used without object)
to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement.
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Origin of jackrabbit
First recorded in 1925–30; see origin at jack rabbit
Definition for jackrabbit (2 of 2)
any of various large hares of western North America, having very long hind legs and long ears.
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British Dictionary definitions for jackrabbit
any of various W North American hares, such as Lepus townsendi (white-tailed jack rabbit), having long hind legs and large ears
Word Origin for jack rabbit
C19: shortened from jackass-rabbit, referring to its long ears
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