What's the difference between a bunny and a rabbit?

In french we have only one word to say both, so I never understood the difference. Is a bunny smaller than a rabbit?

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Most Helpful Guy

  • Rabbit = lapin
    Hare = lievre (can't do accents on this keyboard, but you'll get it, I'm sure)

    Bunny is the sort of word that a kid might use for a rabbit, and I don't think there is an equivalent word in French.

    Similar to hog, swine and pig all meaning the same animal.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • A bunny is a cozy term for a rabbit. Rabbits are more or less domesticated. There are rabbits (lapins) and those in the wild, hares (lievre) - I omit the accent for the sake of avoiding characters that are becoming illegible.
    Hope this helps

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What Guys Said 8

  • To my understanding, it's two different words for the same animal. Where 'bunny' addresses more to an emotional side. The English word also does not always consider the difference between ''lièvre'' and ''lapin''.

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  • As far as I know they are same, a child might say "Bunny Rabbit" and shorten it to "Bunny" - Adults will nearly always say "Rabbit" unless talking to a child

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  • Bunny is referring to a young rabbit. Like how you say kitty, puppy, girl, or boy.

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  • I think they both mean the same thing, just like the word "hare" as well.

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  • Usually think of bunnies as smaller and younger than rabbits

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  • Bunnies nibble on lettuce while rabbits are bloodthirsty killers

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  • bunny has more fur? Honestly I dont know the difference

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  • They are the same, but the term bunny comes from Easter bunny so people use bunny to use for rabbit

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What Girls Said 3

  • Most times when I hear the term bunny, I think of a baby rabbit or adolescent. When someone says rabbit, I think of an adult of that species

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  • Nothing. Just their Breed But all of them Breathe. xx

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  • i thought bunny was just the cute name for it, like dog and doggy

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