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A mammal, such as a rabbit or cat, having a genetic mutation that causes the guard hairs to be short or lacking, often resulting in a curly coat.

[From French (lapin) rex, rex (rabbit), name given to a breed of rabbit developed in France between 1919 and 1924 that displayed the mutation, from Latin rēx, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

rex adj.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) king: part of the official title of a king, now used chiefly in documents, legal proceedings, inscriptions on coins, etc. Compare Regina1


(rɛks; Eng. rɛks)

n., pl. re•ges (ˈrɛ gɛs; Eng. ˈri dʒiz)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rex - a male sovereignRex - a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
King of England, King of Great Britain - the sovereign ruler of England
King of France - the sovereign ruler of France
King of the Germans - the sovereign ruler of the Germans
crowned head, monarch, sovereign - a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right