welsh rare bit

Welsh rabbit

a dish of melted cheese, usually mixed with ale or beer, milk, and spices, served over toast.
Also called Welsh rarebit.

1715–25; probably of jocular orig.; later Welsh rarebit by folk etymology

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Welsh rabbit
Welsh rarebit, Also called: rarebit a savoury dish consisting of melted cheese sometimes mixed with milk, seasonings, etc, on hot buttered toast
[C18: a fanciful coinage; rarebit is a later folk-etymological variant]

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