any of several soft-furred, large-eared, rodentlike burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, allied with the hares and pikas in the order Lagomorpha, having a divided upper lip and long hind legs, usually smaller than the hares and mainly distinguished from them by bearing blind and furless young in nests rather than fully developed young in the open.
any of various small hares.
the fur of a rabbit or hare, often processed to imitate another fur.
a runner in a distance race whose goal is chiefly to set a fast pace, either to exhaust a particular rival so that a teammate can win or to help another entrant break a record; pacesetter.
British Informal. a person who is poor at sports, especially golf, tennis, or cricket.
Idioms about rabbit
pull a rabbit out of the hat, to find or obtain a sudden solution to a problem: Unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of the hat by next week, we'll be bankrupt.
- rab·bit·like, rab·bit·y, adjective
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How to use rabbit in a sentence
If you trap a rabbit, you can tell whether it’s male or female.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
“Downtown Chicago has an overabundance of rabbits,” says Gehrt.
Before coyotes moved in, human trappers had to work to keep rabbit populations under control.
In the 1990s, a team led by José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, a veterinarian then at the Animal Health Research Center in Madrid, created a recombinant live vaccine to protect rabbits from a lethal hemorrhagic disease.Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics? | Rodrigo Pérez Ortega | August 24, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
If she successfully does, this might seem like a good indication that she understands what a rabbit is.Animals That Can Do Math Understand More Language Than We Think | Erik Nelson | June 14, 2020 | Singularity Hub
With Big Eyes a lot of people, myself included, were glad to see you emerge from the rabbit hole that is the CG world.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel | Marlow Stern | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He eventually brings his wife and children over, and later he manages a hen and rabbit farm.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography | Michael Signer | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the creator of Roger rabbit, he eventually partnered with Walt Disney Pictures for a blockbuster animation film.
He weighed only 185 pounds, but he had killer instincts and rabbit quickness and the stamina of a mule.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life | Paul Hemphill | September 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because when my rabbit died he was like, “Want a new rabbit?”Amy Sedaris Is Hollywood's Beloved Rabbit-Loving Comedian Crafter | Kevin Fallon | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why he did that, instead of walking around on the shore, Jimmy rabbit couldn't understand.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
"Farmer Green sometimes places scarecrows in the cornfield," Jimmy rabbit remarked.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
She opened her mouth wide showing ten yellow teeth and squealed like a rabbit!The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
No wonder that Lussigny, when insulted at the tables, had sat like a tame rabbit and had sought him in the garden.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
So Henry walked briskly through the woods, feeling sure that the noise in the night had been made by a rabbit.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
British Dictionary definitions for rabbit
any of various common gregarious burrowing leporid mammals, esp Oryctolagus cuniculus of Europe and North Africa and the cottontail of America. They are closely related and similar to hares but are smaller and have shorter ears
the fur of such an animal
British informal a novice or poor performer at a game or sport
(intr) to hunt or shoot rabbits
(intr ; often foll by on or away) British informal to talk inconsequentially; chatter
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rabbit
see pull (a rabbit) out of a hat.
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