rabbit

noun, often attributive
rab·​bit | \ˈra-bət \
plural rabbit or rabbits

Definition of rabbit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 : the pelt of a rabbit

4a : 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

rabbit

verb
rabbited; rabbiting; rabbits

Definition of rabbit (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from rabbit

Noun

rabbity \ˈra-​bə-​tē \ adjective

Verb

rabbiter noun

Examples of rabbit in a Sentence

Noun

We keep rabbits as pets.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One culinary standout is Hearth on 25th, where that titular hearth turns out yak meatballs and oven-roasted rabbit (195 25th St., hearth25.com). Elisabeth Vincentelli, WSJ, "The Coolest, Under-the-Radar Ski Towns in the American West," 15 Nov. 2018 The likely explanation, the team says, is that without a top predator like the dingo, smaller hunters such as foxes and cats have flourished, decimating prey species like hopping mice and rabbits. Lakshmi Supriya, Science | AAAS, "A fence built to keep out wild dogs out has dramatically altered the Australian landscape," 6 July 2018 Another option is to spray repellents that make the plants unpalatable to rabbits. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 What’s more, your pet must have enough room inside the carrier to be able to stand and turn around—which means in-cabin travel is only an option for small animals like cats, small-breed dogs, and rabbits. Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Travel Safely With Pets," 25 May 2018 Chasing frogs, hunting rabbits, running across the desert with their dogs tagging along at their heels. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 One menu standby — and its best — is its Northern Italian Maltagliati pasta with braised rabbit meat and carrots, herbaceous and brimming with a rich white-wine-and-butter sauce. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 2018 Then, there's the Sense Dual massager, which is a rabbit-style vibrator that hits your G-Spot and clit at the same time. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "I Tried Everything in Lelo's $1,900 Sex Toy Suitcase — Yes, Everything," 31 Aug. 2018 The collection as a whole is filled with looks in the same color palette, featuring bunny rabbit graphics, lace insets, satin textures, and embellished bags. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez x Coach Is Here: See the Collection," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rabbit

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rabbit

Noun

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

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rabbit

noun

English Language Learners 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

rabbit

noun
rab·​bit | \ˈra-bət \

Kids Definition of rabbit

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

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