Definitions

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

  • noun A mammal, such as a rabbit or cat, having a genetic mutation that causes the guard hairs to be short or lacking, often resulting in a curly coat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A king.

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

  • noun A king.
  • noun [Obs.] to play the king; to domineer.

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  • noun An animal which has a genetic recessive variation that causes the guard hairs to be very short or fully lacking.

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

  • noun a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom

Etymologies

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

[From French (lapin) rex, rex (rabbit), name given to a breed of rabbit developed in France between 1919 and 1924 that displayed the mutation, from Latin rēx, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

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From the Latin rēx ("king"), referring originally to rabbits of King Albert of Belgium. Entered English around 1920.

Examples

  • And over all these float flags of every hue and purport, from the blue and gold with its loyal "_Ut rex, sit rex_" to the ominous crimson, flaming with a lurid furnace and the terrible motto, "_Quasi ignis conflatoris_."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859

  • "To Charlemagne's vaulting ambitions," Lewis writes, "the symmetry of a Frankland flanked by two conquered peninsulas proved irresistible - rex Hispanicum added to the title rex Francorum et Langobardum."

    The New York Review of Books

  • "To Charlemagne's vaulting ambitions," Lewis writes, "the symmetry of a Frankland flanked by two conquered peninsulas proved irresistible ” rex Hispanicum added to the title rex Francorum et Langobardum."

    How Muslims Made Europe

  • Also I was wondering if I should get Count dooku or Captain rex since Im going to buy Asajj Ventress and I can only get one of the two (count and captain).

    SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles - Part 6311

  • Also I was wondering if I should get Count dooku or Captain rex since Im going to buy Asajj Ventress and I can only get one of the two (count and captain).

    Muggs Wars | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Ill be waiting to see what the hell t-rex is about and if it is just as good as the others. jason on Feb 14, 2009

    First Poster for Rob Zombie's Tyrannosaurus Rex « FirstShowing.net

  • Phew! on January 7, 2008 at 1: 17 pm | Reply notellin rex imperator

    Final Fantasy « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Also called the Shoe-billed stork, She-billed stork [not a typo], Whale-bill or Whale-headed stork, B. rex is a long-legged big-billed waterbird of central Africa, and a specialist denizen of papyrus swamps.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • If Tyrannosaurus rex is my prey, I'm gonna say a B-52 "Arc Light" airstrike is my weapon of choice.

    Hunting T-Rex?

  • But beyond the drama of T. rex is a tale as scientifically beguiling as it is dramatic.

    mjh's blog — 2005 — September

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