One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounalso rabbit warren
1A network of interconnecting rabbit burrows.
den, lair, sett, burrow, tunnel, hole, caveView synonyms
- ‘If, for instance, you need to clear a rabbit warren, you have to ensure that there is not a badger down there too - they are protected animals.’
- ‘Its interest is that within it survive all the elements of a medieval forest: great timber trees, coppice woods, pollards, scrub, grassland and fen, deer and cattle, and a rabbit warren.’
- ‘The officials and other 20 walkers were gone, leaving Norm to make his own way through the rabbit warren to the track.’
- 1.1 A densely populated or labyrinthine building or district.‘a warren of narrow gas-lit streets’
complex network, labyrinth, web, tangle, mesh, jungle, snarl, imbroglioView synonyms
- ‘A neighborhood emerges out of a warren of walls, alleys, and roofs.’
- ‘We have ripped out al of the awful rabbit warren of rooms and are hopefully on the way to converting it back to the former glory that it once was.’
- ‘Further houses were bought, and municipal functions developed like a rabbit warren, including eventually the city archives, prison, orphanage, post office, and fire station.’
- ‘In a warren of hangar-sized hotel ballrooms in Orlando, military engineers this week showed off their next generation of robots, as they got the machines ready for the war zone.’
- ‘The hostel had 25 two and three-tiered bunks on the ground floor and a virtual rabbit warren of about 20 rooms on the first floor, with four or five people per room.’
- ‘The warren of tunnels and side passages hampered Bahzell's advance badly.’
- ‘It was all a far cry from the 1897 Irish Times article which described the course as ‘a rabbit warren below the village, where a golfer requires limitless patience and an inexhaustible supply of balls’.’
- ‘He hurried down to the kitchens, a warren of interconnecting passageways and strange rooms.’
- ‘The Underground vanished deeper into the warren of tunnels beneath London, but without the support of the Sleeper agents.’
- ‘The result is one glorious rabbit warren of nooks, steps, crannies, fireplaces, lounges and courtyards, shot through with an enormous tree, topped off with pot-strewn terraces.’
- ‘Bricked in and built around, the vaults became a warren of nooks, crannies and tunnels forming the historic city's underworld.’
- ‘Down in the rabbit warren of watering holes off Walking Street, and opposite the Marine Bar, is a new live music bar/nightclub.’
- ‘The fight back against ignorance and prejudice in Ethiopia starts in a small warren of offices in a back street of the capital.’
- ‘They had been walking in the Flower Meadow east of Norntown, where most of the norns lived in a warren of interconnected rooms and gardens.’
- ‘By the 15th cent., the palace was a rabbit warren of rooms and corridors, swarming with servants and lawyers, and liable to flooding.’
- ‘At the end of the day even if all the work was done on the centre, we'd still have a large hall upstairs and a rabbit warren of rooms.’
- ‘It was a rabbit warren of a lot of little rooms.’
- ‘The insurgents still had strongholds in the north-western district of Jolan, a warren of narrow streets.’
- ‘Of the synagogues they built and rebuilt, four still nestle in this timeless Turkish warren, two as museums.’
- ‘She cast about for his location, eventually following the architecture down below the house and grounds into the warren of interconnected bunkers and tunnels.’
- 1.2British historical An enclosed piece of land set aside for breeding game, especially rabbits.
- ‘The warrens and enclosures at High and Low Dalby belonged to the Duchy of Lancaster and extended to nearly 3,000 acres.’
- ‘It is thought Zac had gone into an unused rabbit or fox warren.’
- ‘At first rabbits were managed in warrens, but before long they escaped into the countryside.’
- ‘They were also kept in warrens, enclosed areas of land in which they could feed and burrow, and from whence they were conveniently caught.’
- ‘All his senses were focussed upon the rabbits grazing dimwittedly over the open meadowland above their warren.’
Late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French variant of Old French garenne ‘game park’, of Gaulish origin.
American family of physicians. Joseph Warren (1741–75), a patriot active in the events leading up to the American Revolution, was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. His brother John Warren (1753–1815) was a leading medical practitioner in New England and a surgeon in the American Revolution. John Collins Warren (1778–1856), the son of John Warren, helped to found Massachusetts General Hospital in 1811.
1An industrial city in southeastern Michigan, north of Detroit; population 133,939 (est. 2008).
2An industrial city in northeastern Ohio, on the Mahoning River; population 43,789 (est. 2008).
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