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Trivia & More

Rabbits Learn to Speak - About Lapine
The LanguageIn Richard Adams novel "Watership Down", the rabbits got not only a own religion, but also a own language. Lapine isn't as complex and distinctive as the languages in J.R.R. Tolkiens "Lord of the Rings"-trilogy (for example). It confines oneself only to serveral words. However, lapine adds a individual style to the characters.

The creators of the tv series also decides to incorporate lapine. So I'm using the terms, that are usual in Richard Adams rabbits world on this website, too. Successional, you'll find a dictionary, that will bring you the language of the rabbits a little bit closer.

Terms in the World of Watership Down

Bob-stones

A traditional rabbit's guessing game.

Crixa

The center of Efrafa. The intersection of two bridleways.

Efrafa

General Woundwort's warren.

El-ahrairah

(elil-hrair-rah) Legendary folk hero of the rabbits.

Elil

Predators, which are hunting rabbits (like foxes, weasels or hawks).

Embleer

Fetor of an animal (like a fox). The curse "Embleer Frith" (en. "stinking Frith") is equal to the words "god damn".

Enth

Dew

Flay

Rabbits food (like grass).

Flayrah

Very tasty food (like lettuce).

Frith

The sun, the god of the rabbits.

Frithrah

Exclamatory: Oh sun, Lord of the world!

Fu Inlé

The time after moon rising.

Hain

A song

He stops running

Rabbits say this, when someone died.

Hlao

Dimple or cavity in the grass (like a thistle or a daisy), that can keep clamminess.

Hlao-roo

Diminutive form of Hlao (nickname of Pipkin)

Hlessi (pl. Hlessil)

A straying rabbit without an own warren, that doesn't live in captivity.

Homba (pl. Hombil)

A fox

Hrair

Much, huge amount, more than four. U-Hrair=1000 (part of the name El-ahrairah).

Hrairoo

"Little thousand" - Nickname of Fiver.

Hraka

Rabbit's dung.

Hrududu (pl. Hrududil)

A motor-driven vehicle.

Hyz

Shine

Hyzenthlay

"Shine-dew-fur" - Fur shining like dew. In the book the name of a marli from Efrafa.

Inlé

The moon or moon rising. Means also darkness, fear and death.

Inlé-rah

The Black Rabbit of Inlé ("Prince of Darkness")

Lendri

A badger

Li

Head

Marli

A doe. Means also mother.

Methrahessi

Storyteller

M'saion

"We meet them"

Narn

Delicious, joyful, pretty.

Ni-Frith

Noon ("High Sun")

Nildro

Blackbird

Nildrohain

"Blackbird's Song" - Name of a doe in the book.

Outskirter

Rabbits, who are too weak or too small for the owsla.

Owsla

In the book "The leader of the warren". In the series, it's used for defense-squads. In a normal case, an owsla is lead by a captain. In bigger warrens (like Efrafa), captains commands corporals. And corporals commands lower ranked rabbits (like slaves in Efrafa).

Owslafa

Police council (in Efrafa)

Pfeffa

A cat

Pfeffa-rah

"Lord of cats" (Bigwig said this to Hazel)

Rah

Lord or leader. Often used as a suffix.

Roo

Belittlement or reduction. Used as a suffix.

Sayn

Groundsel

Silf

Outside the warren (not in the burrows).

Silflay

Eating outside the burrows.

Tharn

Confused and dazed of fear. But also another word for featherbrained, disconsolate or left.

Thethuythinnang

Moving of leaves. Name of a doe in the book.

Thlay

Fur

Thlayli

Furhead - Bigwigs name in the book.

Threar

Rowan Tree

Threarah

"Prince Rowan Tree" (name of the leader of Sandleford)

Thrennions

Rowan Berries

U

The

U hrair

The Thousand

Vair

To defecate

Yona (pl. Yonil)

A hedgehog

Zorn

Destroyed, murdered. Means a catastrophe.

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