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The word "rabbit" comes from the Middle Dutch "robbe", via the Flemish or Walloon "robbet", "young rabbit".

However, in Dutch, "robbe" underwent a semantic shift, and according to Irina, it's now an archaic form of "rob", a dialectal word for "seal".

How did that happen? I don't see much resemblance between a small animal with big ears that lives in a burrow, and a big animal with small ears that lives in the sea.



Pete Bleackley
The Fantastical Devices of Pete The Mad Scientist - http://fantasticaldevices.blogspot.com