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Rabbit

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Ra'bbit. n.s. [robbe, robbekin, Dutch.] A furry animal that lives on plants, and burrows in the ground.

I knew a wench married, as she went to the garden for parsly to stuff a rabbit. Shakesp. Taming of the Shrew.

A company of scholars, going to catch conies, carried one with them which had not much wit, and gave in charge, that if he saw any, he should be silent for fear of scaring of them; but he no sooner espied a company of rabbits, but he cried aloud, ecce multi cuniculi; which he had no sooner said, but the conies ran to their burrows; and he being checked by them for it, answered, who would have thought that the rabbits understood Latin? Bacon's Apophthegms.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rabbit." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 30, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2409.


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