rabett (1427-28)

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rabett (1427-28)


[ FEW: 16,730 robbe; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  rabbit n.1; MED:  rabet n.1; DMLBS: 2644a rabettus ]

pl. rabettis  

According to the OED, the English word rabbit n.1 (Third Edition, 2008), first attested a1398, derives from an unattested Anglo-Norman or Middle French *rabotte, with suffix substitution. These two fifteenth-century attestations in Feast Menus do not provide evidence of the pre-existence of the word in Anglo-Norman, and may well be Middle English borrowings, appearing in a late source text that was prone to this kind of language-mixing. For further, indirect, evidence of the lexeme in Anglo-Norman, see rabot1.


1zool.mammalsculin.rabbit (served as a dish)
( 1427-28; MS: s.xv )  Fesantz rostez, rabett, bytoures, curloux [...]  247a.iii
( 1427-28; MS: s.xv )  Egrettes, quayles, rabettis, curlewe [...]  247c.iii
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