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Borrowing from Latin cunīculus.


cuniculus (plural cuniculi)

  1. a burrow or low underground passage
  2. a burrow in the skin made by a mite


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From Ancient Greek κόνικλος (kóniklos), probably of Iberian or Celtiberian origin; compare Basque untxi (rabbit), Mozarabic conchair (greyhound). The original meaning “burrow” adapted to the rabbit or vice versa.



cunīculus m (genitive cunīculī); second declension

  1. rabbit
  2. rabbit burrow
  3. mine, subterranean tunnel or gallery


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cunīculus cunīculī
genitive cunīculī cunīculōrum
dative cunīculō cunīculīs
accusative cunīculum cunīculōs
ablative cunīculō cunīculīs
vocative cunīcule cunīculī

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  • cuniculus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cuniculus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cuniculus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • cuniculus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to make mines, subterraneous passages: cuniculos agere (B. G. 3. 21)
  • cuniculus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cuniculus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin