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jackrabbit

Line breaks: jack|rab¦bit
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒakrabɪt
 
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Definition of jackrabbit in English:

noun

A hare found on the prairies and steppes of North America.
  • Genus Lepus, family Leporidae: several species
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

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