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At 5:02 pm -0400 21/4/02, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown scripsit:
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>> etymologies of both 'rabbit' and 'lapin' are not known.
>
>m-w.com 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.

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