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n. pl. rab·bits or rabbit
1. Any of various long-eared, short-tailed, burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, such as the commonly domesticated species Oryctolagus cuniculus, native to Europe and widely introduced elsewhere, or the cottontail of the Americas.
2. A hare.
3. The flesh of a rabbit, used as food.
4. The fur of a rabbit or hare.
5. Sports
a. A competitor who is designated to set a fast pace for a teammate during a long-distance race.
b. A racehorse that is run at a fast pace early in a race in order to tire the favorite so that another horse can take the lead.
c. A mechanical decoy that is propelled around the track in a greyhound race to incite the dogs.
intr.v. rab·bit·ed, rab·bit·ing, rab·bits
To hunt rabbits or hares.

[Middle English rabet, young rabbit, probably from Old French, from Middle Dutch robbe, rabbit.]

rab′bit·er n.
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(Professions) chiefly Austral a person who traps and sells rabbits
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Bob was a scruffy brown waif in Adelaide, gathered up with others to be a rabbiter's dog in 1884 when he appealed to railway man, Will Ferry, who bought him for his wife, Mary and named him Bob.
The only feasible method of harvesting, apart from the unconscionably cruel practice of trapping, seemed to be ferreting, supplemented with shooting, and I managed to track down a guy who called himself the last rabbiter in Victoria.
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