(Rab"bi) n.; pl. Rabbis (-biz or -biz) or Rabbies. [L., fr. Gr. "rabbi`, Heb. rabi my master,
from rab master, lord, teacher, akin to Ar. rabb.] Master; lord; teacher; a Jewish title of respect or
honor for a teacher or doctor of the law. "The gravest rabbies." Milton.
Be not ye called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.Matt. xxiii. 8.
(Rab"bin) n. [F.] Same as Rabbi.
(Rab*bin"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. rabbinique.] Of or pertaining to the rabbins
or rabbis, or pertaining to the opinions, learning, or language of the rabbins. "Comments staler than
We will not buy your rabbinical fumes.Milton.
(Rab*bin"ic) n. The language or dialect of the rabbins; the later Hebrew.
(Rab*bin"ic*al*ly), adv. In a rabbinical manner; after the manner of the rabbins.
(Rab"bin*ism) n. [Cf. F. rabbinisme.]
1. A rabbinic expression or phraseology; a peculiarity of the language of the rabbins.
2. The teachings and traditions of the rabbins.
(Rab"bin*ist), n. [Cf. F. rabbiniste.] One among the Jews who adhered to the Talmud and
the traditions of the rabbins, in opposition to the Karaites, who rejected the traditions.
(Rab"bin*ite) n. Same as Rabbinist.
(Rab"bit) n. [OE. rabet, akin to OD. robbe, robbeken.] (Zoöl.) Any of the smaller species of
the genus Lepus, especially the common European species (Lepus cuniculus), which is often kept as a
pet, and has been introduced into many countries. It is remarkably prolific, and has become a pest in
some parts of Australia and New Zealand.
The common American rabbit (L. sylvatica) is similar but smaller. See Cottontail, and Jack rabbit, under
2d Jack. The larger species of Lepus are commonly called hares. See Hare.
Angora rabbit (Zoöl.), a variety of the domestic rabbit having long, soft fur. Rabbit burrow, a hole
in the earth made by rabbits for shelter and habitation. Rabbit fish. (Zoöl.) (a) The northern chimæra
(Chimæra monstrosa). (b) Any one of several species of plectognath fishes, as the bur fish, and puffer.
The term is also locally applied to other fishes. Rabbits' ears. (Bot.) See Cyclamen. Rabbit
warren, a piece of ground appropriated to the breeding and preservation of rabbits. Wright. Rock
rabbit. (Zoöl.) See Daman, and Klipdas. Welsh rabbit, a dish of which the chief constituents are
toasted bread and toasted cheese, prepared in various ways. The name is said to be a corruption of
Welsh rare bit, but perhaps it is merely a humorous designation.
(Rab"bit*ing), n. The hunting of rabbits. T. Hughes.
(Rab"bit*ry) n. A place where rabbits are kept; especially, a collection of hutches for tame rabbits.
(Rab"ble) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Iron Manuf.) An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring
or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling.
(Rab"ble), v. t. To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.