Welsh rare bit
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]


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  • Welsh rare·bit — / ˈreɚbət/ noun, pl ⋯ bits [count, noncount] : melted cheese served on toast or crackers called also Welsh rabbit …   Useful english dictionary

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  • rare|bit — «RAIR biht», noun. = Welsh rabbit. (Cf. ↑Welsh rabbit) ╂[alteration of (Welsh) rabbit] …   Useful english dictionary

  • rare·bit — /ˈreɚbət/ noun, pl bits [count, noncount] : welsh rarebit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Welsh Rarebit — Welsh Rare|bit 〈[wɛ̣lʃ re:(r) ] m.; s, s〉 mit einer Mischung aus geriebenem Chesterkäse u. Ale belegte u. überbackene Weißbrotscheibe [<engl. welsh „walisisch“ + rare „rar, selten“ + bit „Bissen“] * * * Welsh|rab|bit [ wɛlʃ ræbɪt; engl., eigtl …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Welsh Rabbit — Welsh|rab|bit [ wɛlʃ ræbɪt; engl., eigtl. = walisisches Kaninchen, viell. nach der Form], Welsh|rare|bit [ wɛlʃ rɛəbɪt], der; s, s, (auch:) Welsh Rab|bit, Welsh Rare|bit, der; s, s [engl., eigtl. = Waliser Leckerbissen, 2. Bestandteil wohl… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Welsh Rarebit — Welsh Rare|bit 〈[wɛ̣lʃ rɛ:(r)bıt] m.; Gen.: od. s, Pl.: s〉 mit einer Mischung aus geriebenem Chesterkäse, Cayennepfeffer u. Bier belegte u. überbackene Weißbrotscheibe; oV [Etym.: <engl. welsh »walisisch« + rabbit »Hase« bzw. rare »selten« +… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Welsh rabbit — Welsh′ rab′bit n. coo a dish of melted cheese, usu. mixed with ale or beer, served over toast Also called Welsh′ rare′bit …   From formal English to slang

  • Welsh rarebit — Welsh rare|bit [ ,welʃ rerbıt ] noun count or uncount a meal of cheese sauce poured over bread and cooked …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Welsh 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

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