jack·rab·bit / ˈjakˌrabət/ • n. a hare found in open country in western North America. Several species include the black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus).ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: abbreviation of jackass-rabbit, because of its long ears.
jackrabbit a hare found on the prairies and steppes of North America, sometimes taken as a type of swift-footedness. The name is a contraction of jackass-rabbit, so called from its long ears.
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