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rabbit

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

Definition of rabbit

plural rabbit or rabbits
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
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

rabbity

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Examples of rabbit in a Sentence

  1. We keep rabbits as pets.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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rabbit

verb

Definition of rabbit

intransitive verb
:to hunt rabbits

rabbiter

noun

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First Known Use of rabbit

1846

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RABBIT Defined for English Language Learners

rabbit

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Definition of rabbit for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

rabbit

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noun rab·bit \ ˈra-bət \

Definition of rabbit for Students

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


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