from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various long-eared, short-tailed, burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, such as the commonly domesticated species Oryctolagus cuniculus, native to Europe and widely introduced elsewhere, or the cottontail of the Americas.
  • noun A hare.
  • noun The fur of a rabbit or hare.
  • noun A competitor who is designated to set a fast pace for a teammate during a long-distance race.
  • noun A racehorse that is run at a fast pace early in a race in order to tire the favorite so that another horse can take the lead.
  • noun A mechanical decoy that is propelled around the track in a greyhound race to incite the dogs.
  • intransitive verb To hunt rabbits or hares.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To hunt or trap rabbits.
  • noun A wooden implement used in mixing mortar.
  • noun A wooden can used as a drinking-vessel.
  • An interjectional imperative, equivalent to confound.
  • noun A rodent mammal, Lepus cuniculus, of the hare family, Leporidæ; a kind of hare notable for burrowing in the ground.
  • noun Hence Any hare; a leporid, or any member of the Leporidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a variety of the domestic rabbit having long, soft fur.
  • noun a hole in the earth made by rabbits for shelter and habitation.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of plectognath fishes, as the bur fish, and puffer. The term is also locally applied to other fishes.
  • noun (Bot.) See Cyclamen.
  • noun a piece of ground appropriated to the breeding and preservation of rabbits.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the pika.
  • noun a dish of which the chief constituents are melted cheese over toasted bread, flavored in various ways, as with ale, beer, milk, or spices. The name is popularly said to be a corruption of Welsh rare bit, but it is probably merely a humorous designation; -- also called Welsh rarebit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb UK, intransitive To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.
  • noun A mammal of the family Leporidae, with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail.
  • noun The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
  • noun 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.
  • noun cricket A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
  • verb intransitive To hunt rabbits.
  • verb US, intransitive To flee.

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

  • noun any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
  • noun the fur of a rabbit
  • verb hunt rabbits
  • noun flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English rabet, young rabbit, probably from Old French, from Middle Dutch robbe, rabbit.]

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From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk.

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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.


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