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A rabbit (also known as "lapin" or "lapine" in French, "usagi" in Japanese) is a herbivorous mammal, physically characterised by long hindlegs, long ears, large front teeth, and a very short, fluffy tail, called a scut or bobtail. if (window.showTocToggle) { var tocShowText = "show"; var tocHideText = "hide"; showTocToggle(); }

Species confusionEdit

The rabbit is a very well-known animal, but similarities between different species often results in it being confused with other species. The archetypal rabbit is the European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), which is brown-grey in colour. All domestic rabbits are descended from this species.

In America, European rabbits are often confused with cottontails, which look practically the same, but are a different genus.

The most common confusion is with hares, which look like large rabbits. The two are not the same, but they tend to be lumped together.

Rabbits in cultureEdit

Rabbits are well known for being prolific breeders (as evidenced in the phrase 'breeding like rabbits'). For this reason, they are often used as a symbol of fertility. For the same reason, they are regarded as pests by farmers.

The rabbit is widely predated, and this role as a prey animal also lends it an air of innocence.

Anthropomorphic rabbits have often appeared in film and literature. Some popular culture examples are:

  • Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes
  • Lola Bunny from Space Jam
  • Buster Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Babs Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Cream the Rabbit from the Sonic series
  • Usagi Yojimbo

BhunniesEdit

A "bhunny" is an attractive female rabbit. The term is comparable to "vixen", but applied to a rabbit instead of a fox. The word is vocalized slowly and drawn out (bhuuuuunny), as if the lower jaw were numb and/or weighted down. The term is the result of a male character seeing an attractive doe rabbit character and being so distracted by the sight he is unable to say anything else.

Many associate the term with the characters Rhonda or her mother RM from the comic strip Roomies, but it is unclear whether the term originated there.

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