rabbit

[rab-it]
noun, plural rabbits (especially collectively) rabbit for 1–3.
1.
any of several soft-furred, large-eared, rodentlike burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, allied with the hares and pikas in the order Lagomorpha, having a divided upper lip and long hind legs, usually smaller than the hares and mainly distinguished from them by bearing blind and furless young in nests rather than fully developed young in the open.
2.
any of various small hares.
3.
the fur of a rabbit or hare, often processed to imitate another fur.
5.
a runner in a distance race whose goal is chiefly to set a fast pace, either to exhaust a particular rival so that a teammate can win or to help another entrant break a record; pacesetter.
6.
British Informal. a person who is poor at sports, especially golf, tennis, or cricket.
Idioms
7.
pull a rabbit out of the hat, to find or obtain a sudden solution to a problem: Unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of the hat by next week, we'll be bankrupt.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English rabet(te) young rabbit, bunny, probably < Old North French; compare Walloon robett, dialectal Dutch robbe

rabbitlike, rabbity, adjective

rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate.
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rabbit (ˈræbɪt)
 
n , pl -bits, -bit
1.  any of various common gregarious burrowing leporid mammals, esp Oryctolagus cuniculus of Europe and North Africa and the cottontail of America. They are closely related and similar to hares but are smaller and have shorter ears
2.  the fur of such an animal
3.  informal (Brit) a novice or poor performer at a game or sport
 
vb
4.  (intr) to hunt or shoot rabbits
5.  informal (Brit) (intr; often foll by on or away) to talk inconsequentially; chatter
 
[(sense 5) C20: from rhyming slang rabbit and pork talk]

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Word Origin & History

rabbit
late 14c., "young of the coney," from Fr. dialect (cf. Walloon robète), 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 vocabulary, and it is rarely heard in American speech to this day. When it appears it is almost always applied to the so-called Belgian hare, which, curiously enough, is not a hare at all, but a true rabbit." [H.L. Mencken]
Rabbit punch "chop on the back of the neck" so called from resemblance to a gamekeeper's method of dispatching an injured rabbit. Rabbit's foot "good luck charm" first attested 1879, in U.S. Southern black culture. Pulling rabbits from a hat as a conjurer's trick is first recorded 1877.
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Example sentences for rabbits
It shows a group of peasants hunting rabbits with nets and white ferrets.
Rabbits are also frequently used for the production of polyclonal antibodies.
It has a varied wildlife with rabbits, deer, kingfishers, red squirrels, and otters.
An exception is the leopard, which commonly hunts rabbits and many other smaller animals.
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