Other Word Forms of Rabbit
Origin of Rabbit
From Middle English rabet, from Middle French dialect (compare French dialect rabbotte, rabouillet (“baby rabbit")), from Walloon robète, diminutive of Middle Dutch robbe (“rabbit; seal") (compare Dutch rob (“rabbit"), rob (“seal")), from Middle Low German robbe (“seal") (compare dialectal Low German Rubb, Robb, German Robbe (“seal")), from rubben (“ro rub"). More at rub.
Middle English rabet young rabbit probably from Old French from Middle Dutch robbe rabbit
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk.
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