Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To hunt rabbits or hares.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
  • v. To hunt rabbits.
  • v. To flee.
  • v. To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.
  • n. Hence Any hare; a leporid, or any member of the Leporidæ.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English rabet, young rabbit, probably from Old French, from Middle Dutch robbe, rabbit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English rabet, from Middle French dialect (compare French dialect rabbotte, rabouillet ("baby rabbit")), from Walloon robète, diminutive of Middle Dutch robbe ("rabbit; seal") (compare Dutch rob ("rabbit"), rob ("seal")), from Middle Low German robbe ("seal") (compare dialectal Low German Rubb, Robb, dialectal German Robbe ("seal")), from rubben ("ro rub"). More at rub. (Wiktionary)
From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The French will eat almost anything. A young cook decided that the French would enjoy feasting on rabbits and decided to raise rabbits in Paris and sell them to the finer restaurants in the city.

    He searched all over Paris seeking a suitable place to raise his rabbits. None could be found. Finally, an old priest at the cathedral said he could have a small area behind the rectory for his rabbits.

    He successfully raised a number of them, and when he went about Paris selling them, a restaurant owner asked him where he got such fresh rabbits.

    The young man replied, "I raise them myself, near the cathedral. In fact, I have a hutch back of Notre Dame."

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