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rarebit

[ rair-bit ]
/ ˈrɛər bɪt /
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noun

Welsh rabbit.

Nearby words

rare earth, rare earths, rare gas, rare-earth element, rare-earth metals, rarebit, raree show, rarefaction, rarefactive, rarefied, rarefy

Origin of rarebit

First recorded in 1715–25
Can be confusedrabbet rabbit rarebit rebate
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British Dictionary definitions for rarebit

rarebit

/ (ˈrɛəbɪt) /

noun

another term for Welsh rabbit

Word Origin for rarebit

C18: by folk etymology from (Welsh) rabbit; see rare ², bit 1
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Word Origin and History for rarebit

rarebit


1785, perversion of (Welsh) rabbit, as if from rare + bit. See Welsh.

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