Definition of

Rabbit

  1. (noun, animal) any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
  2. (noun, substance) the fur of a rabbit
  3. (noun, food) flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food
  4. (verb, competition) hunt rabbits

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Synonyms of Rabbit

coney, cony, hare, lapin

Origin of the word Rabbit

  1. late 14c., "young of the coney," from Fr. dialect (cf. Walloon rob?te), dim. of Flem. or M.Du. robbe "rabbit," of unknown origin. The adult was a coney (q.v.) until 18c.
    "Zoologically speaking, there are no native rabbits in the United States; they are all hares. But the early colonists, for some unknown reason, dropped the word hare out of their… more

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