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Derivation of the word burrow
There is a suggestion that the words bunny and burrow have a common origin and meaning, French in origin appearing in Britain after the Norman Conquest, being a possible explanation for the phrase bunny rabbit. Bunny also means "a collection of ore without a seam running to or from it". There is a common Cornish family name of Bunny/Bunney who are historically linked to the mining of iron ore.
Removed this section because no dictionary or online source such as etymonline.com seems to support this opinion provided without a source and which sounds like a private theory. --Espoo 05:48, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
- The following facts speak against the otherwise quite queer suggestion that bunny and burrow could have any etymological relation at all. According to my Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (ISBN 0-671--41819-X):
- A bunny is a rabbit, or a pet name used by children. Diminutive of bun, Gaelic for a stock, a short, thick person or animal.
- A burrow is a hollow place in the earth dug by an animal, or any hole or tunnel in the ground, or also a mound outside a mine. From Middle English borow, a hole for shelter, or a mound. Earlier Anglo Saxon beorh, a mound.
- Kind regards, Zack Holly Venturi 19:42, 13 January 2007 (UTC)