Pronunciation: (rab'it), [key]
—pl. -bits, (esp. collectively) -bit for 1–3.
1. 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.
2. any of various small hares.
3. the fur of a rabbit or hare, often processed to imitate another fur.
4. See Welsh rabbit.
5. 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.
6. Brit. Informal.a person who is poor at sports, esp. golf, tennis, or cricket.
7. 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.
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