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Re: Rabbits (was: Vocab #4)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Monday, April 22, 2002, 17:36
At 5:02 pm -0400 21/4/02, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown scripsit: > >> etymologies of both 'rabbit' and 'lapin' are not known. > > says that rabbit < ME rabet < MWalloon robett < MDu robe, >but it only says "probably".
Yes, but even if "probably" proved to be "certainly", it wouldn't get us any further than knowing a common word was floating around in Middle English, Middle Dutch & Middle Walloon - presumably through trade contact. What was the origin of the word? Ray. ====================== XRICTOC ANECTH ======================