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1rabbit

noun, rab·bit often attributive \ˈra-bət\

: 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

plural rabbit or rabbits

Full Definition of RABBIT

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:  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
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:  the pelt of a rabbit
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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 \-bə-tē\ adjective
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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

chamois, fell, kip

Rhymes with RABBIT

2rabbit

verb

Definition of RABBIT

intransitive verb
:  to hunt rabbits
rab·bit·er noun

First Known Use of RABBIT

1846

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with RABBIT

RABBITS Defined for Kids

rabbit

noun rab·bit \ˈra-bət\

Definition of RABBIT for Kids

:  a short-tailed mammal that has soft fur and long ears and hind legs and digs burrows
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