Share this entry

jackrabbit Syllabification: jack·rab·bit
Pronunciation: /ˈjakˌrabət/

Definition of jackrabbit in English:

noun

Image of jackrabbit
A hare found in open country in western North America.
  • Genus Lepus, family Leporidae: several species, including the blacktail jackrabbit (L. californicus)
Example sentences
  • Varmints, those troublesome, unpleasant or despicable animals, include coyotes, fox, raccoons, ground hogs, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, jackrabbits and other small rodents.
  • The hawks hunt cooperatively with several birds simultaneously swooping on their prey, which consists of woodrats, jackrabbits, and other birds.
  • The huge ears of jackrabbits enable them to regulate their body heat by increasing or decreasing the blood flow through their ears which helps them to absorb heat or cool off when temperatures in their environment change.

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of jackass-rabbit, because of its long ears.

Words that rhyme with jackrabbit

barbet • Nesbit • rarebit

Definition of jackrabbit in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
adjective
arrogantly superior and disdainful