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rabbit warren
▪ 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.
▪ They've tried to search that rabbit warren but it's impossible.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rabbit warren

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.

rabbit warren

n. 1 An underground system of interconnected tunnels occupied by rabbits. 2 A confusing environment.

rabbit warren
  1. n. an overcrowded residential area [syn: warren]

  2. a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits [syn: warren]

Usage examples of "rabbit warren".

Following had nothing to do with fear of getting lost in that rabbit warren of streets.

The actual office is at the top of a once-elegant pillared building covered in a seemingly perpetual skin of scaffolding, part of a rabbit warren of small rooms whose lack of splendor belies the importance of the operations planned there.

In the rabbit warren he called a home, that barricaded cistern to which entrance was only possible through the ripped and sundered walls of the IRT-7th Avenue subway tunnel just north of 36th Street, Smith collapsed with weariness.

Following in the wake of the two other women, with lamp in hand to locate the rabbit warren of the orphans, Gil could only shake her head in amazement at the young Queen's capacity for helping others.

And he admits that in all the years he's been here he doesn't know the whole mine It's an absolute rabbit warren.

As Katinka watched, she lifted the cloth to her face and sniffed at it like an old bitch scenting the entrance to a rabbit warren.

It was a virtual rabbit warren of corridors and small wedge-shaped chambers, where constant intrigues and scheming over power and the king's favor were a way of life not only for the retainers, but for the various princes and their wives.