Rabbits' ears
Rabbit Rab"bit (r[a^]b"b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo["o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been introduced into many countries. It is remarkably prolific, and has become a pest in some parts of Australia and New Zealand. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common American rabbit ({Lepus sylvatica}) is similar but smaller. See {Cottontail}, and {Jack rabbit}, under 2d {Jack}. The larger species of Lepus are commonly called hares. See {Hare}. [1913 Webster]

{Angora rabbit} (Zo["o]l.), a variety of the domestic rabbit having long, soft fur.

{Rabbit burrow}, a hole in the earth made by rabbits for shelter and habitation.

{Rabbit fish}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The northern chim[ae]ra ({Chim[ae]ra monstrosa}). (b) Any one of several species of plectognath fishes, as the bur fish, and puffer. The term is also locally applied to other fishes.

{Rabbits' ears}. (Bot.) See {Cyclamen}.

{Rabbit warren}, a piece of ground appropriated to the breeding and preservation of rabbits. --Wright.

{Rock rabbit}. (a) (Zo["o]l.) See {Daman}, and {Klipdas}. (b) the {pika}.

{Welsh rabbit}, a dish of which the chief constituents are melted cheese over toasted bread, flavored in various ways, as with ale, beer, milk, or spices. The name is popularly said to be a corruption of {Welsh rare bit}, but it is probably merely a humorous designation; -- also called {Welsh rarebit}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • rabbits' ears — Cyclamen Cyc la*men (s?k l? m?n), n. [NL., fr. Gr. kykla minos, kyklami s.] (Bot.) A genus of plants of the Primrose family, having depressed rounded corms, and pretty nodding flowers with the petals so reflexed as to point upwards, whence it is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rabbits —    The idea that rabbits are unlucky is mainly limited to *fishermen, who insist that the word rabbit must never be uttered at sea, nor the actual animal brought on board; they should be called long ears , furry things , or bob tailed bastards… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • rabbits — rab·bit || ræbɪt n. soft furred animal with long ears and long hind legs, any of several small species from the family Leporidae; fur of a rabbit; meat of any of the different rabbits or hares eaten as food; (Sports) pacemaker in a race;… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Angora rabbit — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chimaera monstrosa — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lepus cuniculus — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lepus sylvatica — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rabbit — Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been introduced into …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rabbit burrow — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rabbit fish — Rabbit Rab bit (r[a^]b b[i^]t), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ({Lepus cuniculus}), which is often kept as a pet, and has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”