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rabbit

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noun rab·bit \ˈra-bət\

Simple Definition of rabbit

  • : a small animal that usually lives in holes in the ground and has long ears, soft fur, and back legs that are longer than its front legs

  • : the fur or meat of a rabbit

Full Definition of rabbit

plural rabbit or rabbits

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Leporidae) of long-eared short-tailed lagomorph mammals with long hind legs: a :  any of various lagomorphs that are born furless, blind, and helpless, that are sometimes gregarious, and that include especially the cottontails of the New World and a small Old World mammal (Oryctolagus cuniculus) that is the source of various domestic breeds b :  hare

  2. 2 :  the pelt of a rabbit

  3. 3 :  welsh rabbit

  4. 4 a :  a figure of a rabbit sped mechanically along the edge of a dog track as an object of pursuit b :  a runner in a long-distance race who sets a fast pace for the field in the first part of the race

rab·bity play \-bə-tē\ adjective

Examples of rabbit

  1. We keep rabbits as pets.



Origin of rabbit

Middle English rabet, probably from Middle French dialect (Walloon) robett, from obsolete or dialect Dutch robbe, robbeken; probably akin to Middle Low German robbe seal, East Frisian rubben to scratch, rub — more at rub


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Fur and Leather Terms

Rhymes with rabbit


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rabbit

verb rab·bit

Definition of rabbit

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to hunt rabbits

rab·bit·er noun


1846

First Known Use of rabbit

1846

Other Mammals Terms




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