Rock 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 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.

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  • Rock rabbit — Rock Rock, n. [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc h, and AS. rocc.] 1. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See {Stone}. [1913 Webster] Come one, come all! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I. Sir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rock rabbit — can refer to: * Hyraxes, mammals of the Order Hyracoidea * Pikas, mammals of the Family Ochotonidae …   Wikipedia

  • rock rabbit — ☆ rock rabbit n. 1. HYRAX 2. PIKA …   English World dictionary

  • rock rabbit — Klipdas Klip das, Klipdachs Klip dachs , n. [D. klip cliff + das badger, akin to G. dachs.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small mammal ({Hyrax Capensis}), found in South Africa. It is of about the size of a rabbit, and closely resembles the daman. Called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rock rabbit — Pika Pi ka, n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of tailless rodents of the genus {Ochotona} (formerly {Lagomys}), resembling small rabbits, but with short ears alnd legs. They inhabit the high mountains of Asia and America. Called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rock rabbit — Daman Da man (d[aum] m[.a]n), n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small herbivorous mammal of the genus {Hyrax}. The species found in Palestine and Syria is {Hyrax Syriacus}; that of Northern Africa is {Hyrax Brucei}; called also {ashkoko}, {dassy}, and {rock… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rock rabbit — rock′ rab bit n. mam pika • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • rock rabbit — 1. See rock hyrax. 2. pika. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • rock rabbit — noun 1. small short eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America • Syn: ↑pika, ↑mouse hare, ↑coney, ↑cony • Hypernyms: ↑lagomorph, ↑gnawing mammal • Hyponyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • rock rabbit — noun Date: 1840 1. hyrax 2. pika …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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