How do you say RABBIT in Italian?

Rabbit in Italian


Coniglio is how you say rabbit in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word cuniculus, “underground hole”


Rabbit in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, coniglio has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Un coniglio
A rabbit

Dei conigli
Some rabbits

Il coniglio
The rabbit

I conigli
The rabbits

a black rabbit holding a carrot

Rabbit in Italian: Examples

Il coniglio mangia la carota.
The rabbit is eating the carrot.

Due conigli saltellano sul prato.
Two rabbits are hopping on the lawn.

I conigli si riproducono rapidamente.
Rabbits breed quickly.

Il cane inseguì il coniglio.
The dog chased the rabbit.

a rabbit runner

Rabbit in Italian: Expressions

There are a number of idiomatic expressions featuring the word for rabbit in Italian. For example:

Cuore di coniglio
Scaredy cat

Essere un coniglio, fare il coniglio
To be a chicken

For example, you can say:

Esci, non fare il coniglio!
Get out, don’t be a chicken!

There’s also the coniglietto pasquale, the Easter bunny.

Il coniglietto pasquale
The (little) Easter bunny

The -etto suffix means “small”. Learn here all there is to say about Italian descriptive suffixes.

the Easter bunny holding a blue egg

Bunnies live in tane, warrens (tana in the singular). We say that a bunny ziga, from the verb zigare, which describes its characteristic sound.

(The sound a bunny makes)

A paw of a rabbit kept as a lucky charm is called zampa di coniglio, a lucky rabbit’s foot.

Zampa di coniglio
Lucky rabbit’s foot

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