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
- ‘Further houses were bought, and municipal functions developed like a rabbit warren, including eventually the city archives, prison, orphanage, post office, and fire station.’
- ‘By the 15th cent., the palace was a rabbit warren of rooms and corridors, swarming with servants and lawyers, and liable to flooding.’
- ‘The warren of tunnels and side passages hampered Bahzell's advance badly.’
- ‘The insurgents still had strongholds in the north-western district of Jolan, a warren of narrow streets.’
- ‘Down in the rabbit warren of watering holes off Walking Street, and opposite the Marine Bar, is a new live music bar/nightclub.’
- ‘Bricked in and built around, the vaults became a warren of nooks, crannies and tunnels forming the historic city's underworld.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was a rabbit warren of a lot of little rooms.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A neighborhood emerges out of a warren of walls, alleys, and roofs.’
- ‘The Underground vanished deeper into the warren of tunnels beneath London, but without the support of the Sleeper agents.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Of the synagogues they built and rebuilt, four still nestle in this timeless Turkish warren, two as museums.’
- ‘He hurried down to the kitchens, a warren of interconnecting passageways and strange rooms.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The fight back against ignorance and prejudice in Ethiopia starts in a small warren of offices in a back street of the capital.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘She cast about for his location, eventually following the architecture down below the house and grounds into the warren of interconnected bunkers and tunnels.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2British historical An enclosed piece of land set aside for breeding game, especially rabbits.
- ‘All his senses were focussed upon the rabbits grazing dimwittedly over the open meadowland above their warren.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French variant of Old French garenne ‘game park’, of Gaulish origin.
1An industrial city in south-eastern Michigan, north of Detroit; population 133,939 (est. 2008).
2An industrial city in north-eastern Ohio, on the River Mahoning; population 43,789 (est. 2008).
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.
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