• A rabbit eating a leaf
    A rabbit eating a leaf
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rabbit hunt rabbits
    • n rabbit any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
    • n rabbit flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food
    • n rabbit the fur of a rabbit
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He used to hunt rabbits in Kentucky He used to hunt rabbits in Kentucky
Four Rabbits as Black as Ink Entered Four Rabbits as Black as Ink Entered
GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by...
puppy with dead rabbit puppy with dead rabbit
a Rabbit-skin a Rabbit-skin

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits can live up to ten years
    • n Rabbit răb"bĭt (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A rabbit is not able to vomit
    • n rabbit A rodent mammal, Lepus cuniculus, of the hare family, Leporidæ; a kind of hare notable for burrowing in the ground. This animal is indigenous to Europe, but has been naturalized in many other countries, and is the original of all the domestic breeds. It is smaller than the common hare of Europe, L. timidus or variabilis, with shorter ears and limbs. The natural color is brownish, but in domestication black, gray, white, and pied individuals are found. The ears are naturally erect, but in some breeds they fall; such rabbits are called lopped or lop-eared, and degrees of lopping of the ears are named half-lops and full-lops. Rabbits breed in their burrows or warrens, and also freely in hutches: they are very prolific, bringing forth several times a year, usually six or eight at a litter, and in some countries where they have been naturalized they multiply so rapidly as to become a pest, as in Australia for example. The fur is used in the manufacture of hats and for other purposes, and the flesh is esteemed for food.
    • n rabbit Hence Any hare; a leporid, or any member of the Leporidæ. The common gray rabbit or wood-rabbit of the United States is L. sylvaticus, also called cottontail and molly cottontail, a variety of which (or a closely related species) is the sage-rabbit of western North America, L. artemisia. The marsh-rabbit is L. palustris; the swamp-rabbit of the Southern States is L. aquaticus. Various large long-eared and long-limbed hares of western North America are called jack-rabbits or jackass-rabbits. The South American rabbit or hare is the tapeti, L. brasiliensis. See cuts under cottontail, jack-rabbit, and hare.
    • rabbit To hunt or trap rabbits.
    • n rabbit A wooden implement used in mixing mortar.
    • n rabbit A wooden can used as a drinking-vessel.
    • rabbit An interjectional imperative, equivalent to confound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male rabbits are called "bucks," females are "does."
    • n Rabbit rab′it a small rodent burrowing animal of the hare family: a cony: any member of the hare family
    • v.i Rabbit to hunt rabbits
    • v.t Rabbit rab′it an interjectional expression, like confound.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”
  • Proverb
    “Even rabbits insult an dead lion.”
  • R. E. Shay
    R. E. Shay
    “Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit.”
  • Queen Victoria
    “I positively think that ladies who are always enceinte quite disgusting; it is more like a rabbit or guinea-pig than anything else and really it is not very nice.”
  • Arnold Toynbee
    Arnold Toynbee
    “We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.”


Pull a rabbit out of your hat - If you pull a rabbit out of a hat, you do something that no one was expecting.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. a corr. of rabate.


In literature:

At first he thought it was a rabbit; but it was too big for a rabbit, and besides, it did not hop.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
My rabbit-skin robe to Pere Lacombe!
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Rabbits are so little cared for in this country that it may seem useless to give recipes for using them.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Man go, B'er Rabbit come; Man come, B'er Rabbit go.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
The next moment I have seen her course and kill a wild rabbit.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Once Antler set a snare in a rabbit path just high enough to catch the rabbit's head.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
I mean to have that rabbit, or know the reason why.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
I play a sleepy song and go to sleep and I wake up and the diamond ear of the diamond rabbit is gone.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
Now it is known of all men that luck of two widely different kinds resides in the left hind foot of a graveyard rabbit.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
She had grown into the most beautifully-marked rabbit that he could imagine.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
A baby rabbit had run past her, terrified; a ferret in pursuit.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
The boys saw him, and knowing that another Rabbit was there they came running.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The eagle will carry off hens, turkeys, rabbits, lambs, and the like.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
The Twins kept the rabbits and fed them every day with fresh leaves and roots, and by and by there were six baby rabbits in the cage too.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
When he caught a rabbit, he smashed it flat in sheer fury, as if he cared more to mangle than to eat.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
Today we set 'bout wan hondre snare for de rabbit.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
This race is known to have been formed by the union of two varieties of silver-grey rabbits.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Wherever the boy goes he carries his weapon, and he is always watching for the chance to shoot a bird, rabbit, squirrel, or any wild animal.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
Down the trail a mile or so they came to a level that led away toward Rabbit-Ear Creek.
"The Coming of the Law" by Charles Alden Seltzer
A rabbit on ice can also be easily overtaken by a skater.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
"Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost
"The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world."
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
Let me think:—I ought to feed
My rabbits. I went away
In such a hurry this morning! Indeed
They've not had enough to-day!
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Whisk!--away in the sun
His little flying feet
Scamper as softly fleet
As ever the rabbits run.
He is gone like a flash, and then
In a breath is back again.
"Tony" by Clara Doty Bates
Then servants galloped fast,
And dragged him from the water.
"'Tis the knight who sent the rabbit stew,"
The king said, to his daughter.
And a suit of clothes was brought with speed,
And he rode in their midst, on a royal steed.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
"Gimme a ragin', 'owlin', tearin', scrap,
Wiv room to swing me left, an' feel it land.
This 'idin', sneakin' racket makes a chap
Feel secon'-'and.
Stuck in me dug-out 'ere, down in a 'ole,
I'm feelin' like I've growed a rabbit's soul."
"Rabbits" by C J Dennis

In news:

Central New York seems to have more than its share of rabbits this summer.
A generation or two ago, most of us got our hunting start by chasing rabbits, squirrels and upland gamebirds.
Down a Rabbit Hole to a Dark Wonderland.
Gamecock 'Rabbits' have defense hopping.
Pheasants, grouse, rabbits, and squirrels will be legal targets and the archery and muzzleloader guys will have had a chance at a whitetail.
Look to the Moon Rabbit.
So are the Rice Krispies elves, the Nesquik rabbit, and some mysterious entity called the Sugar Puffs Honey Monster (video).
A Swedish rabbit has hopped into the hearts of YouTube viewers worldwide courtesy of a video displaying his impressive sheep- herding skills.
Gingrich78, Rothsville Fire Co. Volunteer, Rabbit Hiller .
Xiu fox and the rabbit the air force 5rc.
You know how greyhounds at the dog track run faster because they chase a fake moving rabbit.
This former nun makes her own glue from rabbit skins and tempera from eggs, keeping with century old traditions.
This rabbit brush looks more like a giant ice flower against the deep, blue water of the Owens River.
Mr Fuss noted that he eats most of the rabbits that appear in his art.
Project Car Hell, Front-Wheel-Drive Pickup Edition: Volkswagen Rabbit or Plymouth Scamp .

In science:

Investigating the citation data for astronomers is, indeed, a trip down the rabbit hole.
Astronomers and the Science Citation Index, 1981--1997
Within each rabbit, more virulent viruses multiply faster, but rabbits with more virulent viruses die faster, leading to a net advantage of less virulent viruses (see section 3.5).
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
During the first summer, the virus spread dramatically, killing more than 99% of the infected rabbits within less than two weeks of infection.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Also, the rabbits became more resistant to the virus.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The nearby Rabbit plerion could also contribute to the flux. A pulsar origin of 3EG 1837-0423 is unlikely because of the pulsar weakness and the source variability.
Unidentified EGRET sources in the Galaxy
Let speeds of the dog and the rabbit from the previous problem are equal in magnitude and their initial positions are as shown in the figure.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
Note that the two PWNe (K3 and Rabbit) in the Kookaburra complex are too close to be separated.
TeV Astrophysics, A Review
In this paper we study a generalization of the Fibonacci sequence in which rabbits are mortal and take more that two months to become mature.
The dying rabbit problem revisited
Later, in , Hoggat and Lind consider the so called “dying rabbit problem”, previously introduced in and studied in or , which consists in letting rabbits die.
The dying rabbit problem revisited
In the mentioned paper Hoggat and Lind consider a pair of rabbits at the 0th time point which produces Bn pairs at the nth time point and which die at the mth time point after birth.
The dying rabbit problem revisited
The goal of this paper is to give a new look at the dying rabbit problem.
The dying rabbit problem revisited
As we mentioned in the introduction, we are interested in generalizing the Fibonacci sequence by considering that rabbits become mature h months after their birth and that they die k months after their matureness.
The dying rabbit problem revisited
The plaintext image of the rabbit is encrypted by some image cipher using block processing.
Shannon Entropy based Randomness Measurement and Test for Image Encryption
Some image block, say ears of the rabbit, however, is encrypted by a weak key.
Shannon Entropy based Randomness Measurement and Test for Image Encryption
Fig. 2 shows the three steps of block entropy test on the previous encrypted rabbit image.
Shannon Entropy based Randomness Measurement and Test for Image Encryption