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I remember a PBS science show in the late 90's that mentioned that originally Bunny was a species of rabbit which turns out never actually existed...the bunny rabbit, like the cottontail rabbit. I'm curious if there's any fact to this? If so it would be good to see in an etymology section. 19:36, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

I think you might have misunderstood the PBS message in the 90s. Cottontail rabbits do exist. Bunny, a colloquial name for a rabbit, is the diminutive of bun, which was a Scottish pet name for a rabbit. Before bun was used in Scotland to mean rabbit, it meant squirrel (around 500 years ago or more). There was never a species of rabbit called the bunny rabbit, any rabbit is a bunny rabbit (to a child or someone who like rabbits). It’s just like kitty cats. There is no species of cat called a kitty cat, any cat is a kitty cat to a child or to someone who like cats. Also moo cows and tweety birds. —Stephen (Talk) 19:50, 14 June 2011 (UTC)


Webster 1913 says "a pet name for a rabbit or a squirrel". Equinox 15:52, 6 November 2011 (UTC)