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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rabbit
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a pet dog/cat/rabbit etc
▪ I used to have a pet rabbit when I was young.
rabbit punch
rabbit warren
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
pet
▪ Even the nursery's pet rabbit is being tested as a possible carrier of the organism that causes the illness.
▪ If they have their own pet rabbit, make the bunny in an appropriate colour.
▪ In 1856-7 his niece Caroline has a pet rabbit.
white
▪ There are black and white rabbits, there are big-eared and small-eared rabbits.
▪ That same month, they had bought a white rabbit named Fred.
▪ They kept a white rabbit, and took it with them on their travels.
▪ On the table sits a white rabbit, ears erect.
■ NOUN
warren
▪ They've tried to search that rabbit warren but it's impossible.
▪ Elsewhere, extensive pillow mounds show that the site was used as a rabbit warren later on.
▪ I can't remember ever bolting a weasel from a rabbit warren.
▪ Two will be described here: pillow mounds and former rabbit warrens, and decoys for taking wildfowl.
■ VERB
catch
▪ He'd catch the rabbits and loved a pint of beer.
▪ I believe my friend is catching on, fellow rabbits.
▪ Personally I couldn't have cared less if we hadn't caught a single rabbit.
▪ The type of snare that trapped the deer is mainly used to catch rabbits and foxes.
▪ They can't catch a rabbit that runs, and nearly always you can smell them coming.
cook
▪ To cook reserved rabbit loins, prepare a fire in a charcoal grill.
eat
▪ Whereas foxes eat things other than rabbits, cheetahs eat only gazelles.
▪ Coyotes eat snakes, rabbits, mice and other rodents, lizards, berries, etc. 2.
kill
▪ It therefore offers an opportunity to kill all rabbits confined within that area by the full variety of methods available.
▪ The myxomatosis virus has killed far more rabbits than have foxes.
▪ Perhaps this boy knows something about them, he thought ... Something has been killing rabbits and birds in the woods lately.
▪ When Pierson told them it takes her 2 minutes to kill and dress each rabbit, there was this silence.
▪ Instead of scraping away at its hindquarters it can now kill the rabbit.
▪ So Jim killed a rabbit, filled the skin with sawdust, added an appropriate weight and sold it to her.
▪ The advantage of a muzzled ferret is that it can not kill a rabbit.
▪ The most likely is that the ferret has somehow shed her muzzle and has then killed a rabbit.
shoot
▪ And if he wanted to shoot rabbits he's had plenty of chances this morning.
▪ There are those people whose interest is almost exclusively in shooting bolting rabbits.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
farmed salmon/fish/rabbits etc
▪ As a result, commercially farmed rabbits are available, both for meat and hair; the angora is an example.
▪ The documentary Warning from the Wild-the Price of Salmon looked at levels of polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins in farmed salmon.
▪ The practice also raises questions about the quality of farmed fish, says Pauly.
▪ Though perfectly and classically cooked, the one I sampled had the muddy, acrid flavor of farmed fish.
like a rabbit/deer caught in headlights
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
Rabbits were part of their bounty; this classic preparation can be prepared with wild or domestic rabbit.
▪ I've made a rabbit pie.
▪ It was decorated with an overdressed pale-blue rabbit in non-toxic paint.
▪ Many knowing rabbit connoisseurs and hunters prize simple fried rabbit.
▪ Nildro-hain was the first rabbit they met.
▪ Remove rabbit from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
▪ Their seven children, carved in high relief in diminishing size according to age, clustered round their feet like rabbits.
▪ When rabbit is done, remove from pan to a serving platter and keep warm.
II.verb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
like a rabbit/deer caught in headlights
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Danny Baker was born to banter, conceived to chat and has a remit to rabbit.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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. 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. 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.)

  1. The northern chim[ae]ra ( Chim[ae]ra monstrosa).

  2. 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.

    1. (Zo["o]l.) See Daman, and Klipdas.

    2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
rabbit

late 14c., "young of the coney," from Walloon robète or a similar French dialect word, diminutive of Flemish or Middle Dutch robbe "rabbit," of unknown origin. "A Germanic noun with a French suffix" [Liberman]. The adult was a coney (q.v.) until 18c.Zoologically speaking, there are no native rabbits in the United States; they are all hares. But the early colonists, for some unknown reason, dropped the word hare out of their vocabulary, and it is rarely heard in American speech to this day. When it appears it is almost always applied to the so-called Belgian hare, which, curiously enough, is not a hare at all, but a true rabbit. [Mencken, "The American Language"] Rabbit punch "chop on the back of the neck" so called from resemblance to a gamekeeper's method of dispatching an injured rabbit. Pulling rabbits from a hat as a conjurer's trick recorded by 1843. Rabbit's foot "good luck charm" first attested 1879, in U.S. Southern black culture. Earlier references are to its use as a tool to apply cosmetic powders.\n\n[N]ear one of them was the dressing-room of the principal danseuse of the establishment, who was at the time of the rising of the curtain consulting a mirror in regard to the effect produced by the application of a rouge-laden rabbit's foot to her cheeks, and whose toilet we must remark, passim, was not entirely completed.

["New York Musical Review and Gazette," Nov. 29, 1856]

\nRabbit ears "dipole television antenna" is from 1950. Grose's 1785 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" has "RABBIT CATCHER. A midwife."
Wiktionary
rabbit

Etymology 1 n. 1 A mammal of the family ''Leporidae'', with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail. 2 The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur. 3 A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter. 4 (lb en cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper. 5 (lb en comptheory) A large element at the beginning of a list of items to be bubble sorted, and thus tending to be quickly swapped into its correct position. Compare (term turtle English). vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To hunt rabbits. 2 (context US intransitive English) To flee. Etymology 2

vb. (context British intransitive English) To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.

WordNet
rabbit
  1. n. any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food [syn: coney, cony]

  2. the fur of a rabbit [syn: lapin]

  3. flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food [syn: hare]

rabbit

v. hunt rabbits

Wikipedia
Rabbit (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Rabbit is a character in the fictional world of the book series and cartoons Winnie–the–Pooh. He is a friend of Winnie–the–Pooh, regards himself as practical and tends to take the lead, though not always with the results that he intends.

Rabbit (zodiac)

The Rabbit () is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .

In the Vietnamese zodiac, the cat takes the place of the Rabbit.

Rabbit

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are eight different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Ōshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha. The male is called a buck and the female is a doe; a young rabbit is a kitten or kit.

Rabbit (disambiguation)

A rabbit is a mammal.

Rabbit, The Rabbit or Rabbits may also refer to:

Rabbit (cipher)

Rabbit is a high-speed stream cipher from 2003. The algorithm and source code was released in 2008 as public domain software.

Rabbit (song)

"Rabbit" is a song by Chas & Dave from the album Don't Give a Monkey's, which was released as a single on 23 November 1980 and entered the UK Singles Chart at #66. The song stayed in the charts for 8 weeks and peaked at number #8 on 17 January 1981.

The title comes from the Cockney rhyming slang "rabbit and pork" meaning "talk". The song is about a relationship between a man and a woman, in which the man expresses his love for his girlfriend, but complains that she will not stop talking or, "rabbiting".

The song was re-issued in 2013 as part of Record Store Day on rabbit-shaped vinyl.

Rabbit (nuclear engineering)

In the field of nuclear engineering, a rabbit refers to a pneumatically controlled tool used to insert small samples of material inside the core of a nuclear reactor usually for the purpose studying the effect of irradiation on the material. Some rabbits have special linings to screen out certain types of neutrons. (For example, the Missouri University of Science and Technology research reactor uses a cadmium-lined rabbit to allow only high-energy neutrons through to samples in its core.)

Rabbit (telecommunications)

Rabbit was a British location-specific ( Telepoint) telephone service backed by Hutchison, which later created the Orange GSM mobile network, followed by 3. The Rabbit network was the best-known of four such services introduced in the 1980s, the others being Phonepoint, Mercury Callpoint and Zonephone. Although Hutchison had been issued a licence for Rabbit in 1989, the service was not launched until May 1992. Telepoint services such as Rabbit allowed subscribers to carry specially designed ( CT2) home phone handsets with them and make outgoing calls whenever they were within 100 metres of a Rabbit transmitter.

Rabbit (band)

Rabbit (originally The Cherries) was an Australian hard rock band, from Newcastle, Australia. The band was formed in 1973 by Mark Tinson (guitar, vocals), Phil Screen (drums) and Jim Porteus (bass). Vocalist Greg Douglas joined in 1974 and was replaced in October of that year by Dave Evans, formerly of AC/DC. The band played a mixture of originals and covers by artists such as Alice Cooper, The Who and Sweet. Two early singles were followed up by a self-titled album in 1975. David Hinds joined as rhythm guitarist in 1976.

The band was described as frenetic and violently hedonistic, and their second album Too Much Rock n Roll was released in October, 1976 after the release of another two singles. Tinson and Screen then left the band. Barry Lytton joined as drummer and Tinson was not replaced.

A version of The Raiders' "Let Me" appeared as a single in early 1977. Rabbit split up that same year when both Evans and Porteus left. Tinson, Porteus and Screen then formed Heroes who released an album in 1980. Hinds joined Finch. Tinson and Screen also worked together in Swanee and The Tex Pistols. Dave Evans went on to a string of other bands.

Rabbit (Japanese band)

Rabbit is a Japanese band that was formed in 2012. Its line-up consists of Ai Otsuka (vocals, chorus), Toshiyuki Mori (keyboard), Watusi (bass guitar), Taiji Satou (guitar, vocals, and chorus), Takashi Numazawa (drums), and Sasuga Minami (chorus, motion). The band made its debut with their studio album Rabito (, lit. Naked People), which was released on 12 December 2012 and peaked at No. 61 on the Japanese Oricon weekly album chart. The album includes a version of the song "Moonlight", which was originally on Ai Otsuka's mini-album Love It.

Rabbit (nickname)

Rabbit or The Rabbit is a nickname given to:

  • Wayne Bartholomew (born 1954), Australian surfer
  • Isabella Bennett (born 1986), American steampunk musician
  • Wes Bradshaw (1897-1960), American football player and coach
  • Rabbit Brown (c. 1880–c. 1937), American blues guitarist and composer
  • John Bundrick (born 1948), American rock musician
  • Raymond Burnett (1914-1996), American football player and coach
  • Johnny Hodges (1906-1970), American jazz saxophonist
  • Miller Huggins (1879-1929), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Otis Lawry (1893-1965), American Major League Baseball player
  • Rabbit Maranville (1891-1954), American Major League Baseball player
  • Edna Murray (1898–1966), American criminal
  • Eric Parsons (1923-2011), English footballer
  • Jimmy Slagle (1873-1956), American Major League Baseball player
  • Ryland Steen, drummer known as "The Rabbit"
  • Jackie Tavener (1897-1969), American Major League Baseball player
  • Rabbit Warstler (1903-1964), American Major League Baseball player
  • Rabbit Whitman (1897-1969), American minor league baseball player
Rabbit (program)

A rabbit (also known as computer bacteria) in computing and cryptovirology is any computer program (usually malicious) which lacks a logic bomb. Rabbits tend to replicate themselves or perform actions at a rate which ultimately lowers the computer's available resources to the point that it runs slowly or becomes unresponsive. Rabbit programs may be intentional, or the result of an oversight during programming. Rabbit programs are named for their similarity to biological rabbits and bacteria, which have a high rate of reproduction and replication over a short period of time.

Usage examples of "rabbit".

They were maras, a sort of agouti, a little larger than their congeners of tropical countries, regular American rabbits, with long ears, jaws armed on each side with five molars, which distinguish the agouti.

On these same plains of La Plata, we see the agouti and bizcacha, animals having nearly the same habits as our hares and rabbits and belonging to the same order of Rodents, but they plainly display an American type of structure.

Life had not dealt fairly with him to make him the eighth and little-prized son of an ambitionless man, a thane of moderate rank who could do nothing but breed on his long-suffering wife like a jack rabbit.

Despite the circumstances, Erik found himself staring at the almond-skin color of the broad areolar rings around her nipples, like a snake-hypnotized rabbit.

Amice more closely resembled a terrified rabbit, constantly atwitch over something.

A rabbit snare is made of fine babiche, sinew, cord, or wire, and the loop is hung over a rabbit runway just high enough to catch it round the neck.

Brer Rabbit did get caught up with, and it cooled him off like pooring spring water on one of these biggity fires.

Brer Rabbit did get caught up with, and it cooled him off like pouring spring water on one of these biggity fires.

Other fauna boasted by the local biome included marsh rabbits, deer, river otters, a night bird called a clapper rail, and the rare bobcat.

Mipps would pull a blunderbuss at a man as soon as I would at a rabbit.

Three of the men carried packs with light supplies of food, but Brode said they could scavenge well enough while in the forest, and once on the tundra there would likely be snow rabbits and birds they could catch for their supper.

Wolfer has been successful in transplanting the mucous membranes of frogs, rabbits, and pigeons to a portion of mucous membrane previously occupied by cicatricial tissue, and was the first to show that on mucous surfaces, mucous membrane remains mucous membrane, but when transplanted to skin, it becomes skin.

If Rabbit had embezzled in the heat of Clea, it was going to be difficult to cool him down again.

If it was hard being a small boy in a time of rapid change, it was a doubly hard burden to be a meter-tall rabbit cursed with human sentience and cunicular instincts.

Like some victorious general swept on by the momentum of his first bloody success, he began shooting diphtheria microbes, and iodine tri-chloride, and the poison of diphtheria microbes, into rabbits, into sheep, into dogs.