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From earlier German Low German kanickel, from a variant of Middle Low German kanīn, from Middle French connin (see Kaninchen). The form is probably based on Latin cunīculus. The -r-might have entered the word Brandenburg area, where non-rhotic and strongly rhotic Low German dialects neighboured. The word was probably pronounced with [äː], a sound close to the northern Brandenburg realisation of /ar/, which is [aː]. This lead to a pronunciation with [ar] for some southern, rhotic speakers, which was still considered a random idiosyncrasy in 1903.


Karnickel n (genitive Karnickels, plural Karnickel, diminutive Karnickelchen n)

  1. (Northern Germany) rabbit


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