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Rabby, B'Rabby

[cf. US Black Br'er Rabbit, Krio bra Rabit KED; from rabbit, perhaps influenced by Robby (nickname for Robert); the folktale character is of African origin: cf. Mandinka stories of Dóo Sang Brother Rabbit (Rowlands 1969b:56)] n. the cunning hero of many folk-tales: 1895 B' Rabby an' B' Tar-Baby (Edwards 73). 1966 B' Rabby—the trickster, the underdog, sometimes a hero. More often conceived as a boy or man rather than a rabbit (Crowley 28). (Gen.)

Tags: folktales, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-04 18:17
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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