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[kyoo-nik-yuh-luh s]
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noun, plural cu·nic·u·li [kyoo-nik-yuh-lahy] /kyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. a small conduit or burrow, as an underground drain or rabbit hole.
  2. a low tunnel, as to a burial chamber.
  3. Pathology. a burrow in the skin caused by the itch mite.

Origin of cuniculus

1660–70; < Latin: rabbit, burrow; see cony
Related formscu·nic·u·lar, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The remains of both Cuniculus torquatus and of Myodus lemmus have been found in British pleistocene deposits.

    The History of the European Fauna

    R. F. Scharff

cuniculus in Medicine


n. pl. cu•nic•u•li (-lī′)
  1. The burrow of the itch mite in the skin.
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