Cuniculus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cuniculus pacas
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cuniculus In archœol., a small underground passage; specifically, one of the underground drains which formed a close network throughout the Roman Campagna and certain other districts of Italy. They were constructed by a race that was dominant before the age of Roman supremacy, and are now known to have remedied the malarious character of those regions, which has returned since they were choked up.
    • n cuniculus [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of lemmings, of the family Muridœ and subfamily Arvicolinœ: so called because the animals some what resemble small rabbits. The cranial and dental characters are diagnostic: there are no obvious external ears, the feet and tail are short and densely furred, the pollex is rudimentary, and the two middle fore claws are prodigiously enlarged, and often duplicated by a secondary deciduous growth of horny substance. C. hudsonius (or torquatus) is the Hudson's Bay lemming or hare-tailed rat of arctic America, Greenland, or corresponding latitudes in the old world, 4 to 6 inches long, the tail, with its pencil of hairs, 1 inch; in summer the pelage is dappled with chestnutred, black, gray, and yellowish; in winter it is pure white. The genus was fouuded by Wagler in 1830.
    • n cuniculus In medicine, a burrow of an itch-insectin the skin.
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A living European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus in the foreground for comparison.
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