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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RABBITY

His cheeks were getting flushed and his eyes were large and rabbity.

Ask any one who has shot in the rabbity fields of southern New Jersey.

Randolph relentlessly stalked another of the rabbity creatures.

As soon as he had his camera and lantern, we went cautiously to the rabbity side of the woods; several ran past us.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "young of the coney," from French dialect (cf. Walloon robète), diminutive of Flemish or Middle Dutch robbe "rabbit," of unknown origin. "A Germanic noun with a French suffix" [Liberman]. The adult was a coney (q.v.) until 18c.

Rabbit punch "chop on the back of the neck" so called from resemblance to a gamekeeper's method of dispatching an injured rabbit. Pulling rabbits from a hat as a conjurer's trick recorded by 1843. Rabbit's foot "good luck charm" first attested 1879, in U.S. Southern black culture. Earlier references are to its use as a tool to apply cosmetic powders.

Rabbit ears "dipole television antenna" is from 1950. Grose's 1788 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" has "RABBIT CATCHER. A midwife."

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