Rab"bit(rb"bt), n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zol.) 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.
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.
(Zol.), a variety of the domestic rabbit having long, soft fur. --
Rabbit burrow, a hole in the earth made by rabbits for shelter and habitation. --
(Zol.) (a) The northern chimra (Chimra 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. --
(Bot.) See Cyclamen. --
Rabbit warren, a piece of ground appropriated to the breeding and preservation of rabbits.
Rock rabbit. (a)
(Zol.) 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
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