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What does Oryctolagus mean in English and what animals are in the order Lagomorpha?

Question #15633. Asked by janie_eva02.

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Genus Oryctolagus
European Rabbits
Order: Lagomorpha (Lagomorphs), Family: Leporidae (Rabbits, Hares)


Jan 04 2002, 7:47 AM
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Orycto comes from a Greek word meaning 'to dig'.

Cuniculus comes from a Latin word meaning 'tunnel'.

Both words point to the European rabbits' home in the wild, a system of tunnels known as a warren where a large family group of rabbits live together.

Lagus was a character in ancient Greek history known as the 'rabbit' of Macedonia.

Apr 26 2007, 5:33 AM
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