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Welsh rabbit

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noun
  1. a dish of melted cheese, usually mixed with ale or beer, milk, and spices, served over toast.

Origin of Welsh rabbit

First recorded in 1715–25; probably of jocular orig.; later Welsh rarebit by folk etymology
Also called Welsh rarebit.
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  • "This is a Welsh-rabbit idea, I fancy," said the School-master, quietly.

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British Dictionary definitions for welsh rabbit

Welsh rabbit

noun
  1. a savoury dish consisting of melted cheese sometimes mixed with milk, seasonings, etc, on hot buttered toastAlso called: Welsh rarebit, rarebit

Word Origin

C18: a fanciful coinage; rarebit is a later folk-etymological variant
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