American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various long-eared, short-tailed, burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, as the commonly domesticated Old World species Oryctolagus cuniculus or the cottontail.
- n. A hare.
- n. The fur of a rabbit or hare.
- n. Sports A runner who intentionally sets a fast pace for a teammate during a long-distance race.
- v. To hunt rabbits or hares.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent mammal, Lepus cuniculus, of the hare family, Leporidæ; a kind of hare notable for burrowing in the ground. This animal is indigenous to Europe, but has been naturalized in many other countries, and is the original of all the domestic breeds. It is smaller than the common hare of Europe, L. timidus or variabilis, with shorter ears and limbs. The natural color is brownish, but in domestication black, gray, white, and pied individuals are found. The ears are naturally erect, but in some breeds they fall; such rabbits are called
loppedor lop-eared, and degrees of lopping of the ears are named half-lops and full-lops. Rabbits breed in their burrows or warrens, and also freely in hutches: they are very prolific, bringing forth several times a year, usually six or eight at a litter, and in some countries where they have been naturalized they multiply so rapidly as to become a pest, as in Australia for example. The fur is used in the manufacture of hats and for other purposes, and the flesh is esteemed for food.
- n. Hence Any hare; a leporid, or any member of the Leporidæ. The common gray rabbit or wood-rabbit of the United States is L. sylvaticus, also called
cottontailand molly cottontail, a variety of which (or a closely related species) is the sage-rabbit of western North America, L. artemisia. The marsh-rabbit is L. palustris; the swamp-rabbit of the Southern States is L. aquaticus. Various large long-eared and long-limbed hares of western North America are called jack-rabbitsor jackass-rabbits. The South American rabbit or hare is the tapeti, L. brasiliensis. See cuts under cottontail, jack-rabbit, and hare.
- To hunt or trap rabbits.
- n. A wooden implement used in mixing mortar.
- n. A wooden can used as a drinking-vessel.
- An interjectional imperative, equivalent to confound.
- n. A mammal of the family Leporidae, with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail.
- n. The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
- n. A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter.
- n. cricket A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
- v. intransitive To hunt rabbits.
- v. US, intransitive To flee.
- v. UK, intransitive To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species (Lepus cuniculus), which is often kept as a pet, and has been introduced into many countries. It is remarkably prolific, and has become a pest in some parts of Australia and New Zealand.
- n. any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
- n. the fur of a rabbit
- v. hunt rabbits
- n. flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food
- From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rabet, young rabbit, probably from Old French, from Middle Dutch robbe, rabbit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To sink into those wide feather beds and sleep the round of the clock while the old women washed and dried their clothes for them; to eat rabbit stew and pommes frites in the garden, rabbit stew made with red wine and chestnuts.”
“I had never heard the term rabbit trails before, only goat trails, LOL.”
“You could also practise speech marks and question makrs – if your rabbit is asking questions – or this might be a little too advanced for Kindergarten.”
“Sometimes in their rambles in the woods, they started a wild hare, which they called a rabbit, who fled away from them with long leaps, and was soon out of sight, so that they could hardly catch a glimpse of him in his rapid flight.”
“A week after Christmas, Macy's was unloading furs at outtahere prices like $378 for a "rabbit" coat -- "rabbit" is Chinese for cat, cat lovers be forewarned!”
“Remove the rabbit from the soak and roll in seasoned flour.”
“Yes macing an innocent rabbit is wrong, but I see a small hint of humor in this.”
“A rabbit is pulled from a hat, your card is instantly guessed, an object disappears from a hand and appears behind your ear, and a woman who was split in half is put back together.”
“The cupcakes can be frosted as a whole cake and the pieces can be pulled off one by one when the rabbit is served.”
“Squirrel/rabbit is a lot cheaper, less gear, and more action.”
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