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Welsh rabbit

a dish of melted cheese, usually mixed with ale or beer, milk, and spices, served over toast.
Also called Welsh rarebit.
Origin of Welsh rabbit
1715-25; probably of jocular orig.; later Welsh rarebit by folk etymology Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for welsh-rabbit

Welsh rabbit

a savoury dish consisting of melted cheese sometimes mixed with milk, seasonings, etc, on hot buttered toast Also called Welsh rarebit, rarebit
Word Origin
C18: a fanciful coinage; rarebit is a later folk-etymological variant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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