Watership Down Lapine Vocabulary

Watership Down - A novel by Richard Adams (ISBN: 0-380-00293-0)


Bob-stones A traditional game among rabbits.
Crixa, the The center of Efrafa, at the crossing point of two bridle paths.
Efrafa The name of the warren founded by General Woundwort.
El-ahrairah The rabbit folk hero. The name (Elil-hrair-rah) means Enemies-Thousand-Prince = The Prince with a Thousand Enemies.
Elil Enemies (of rabbits).
Embleer Stinking, e.g. the smell of a fox.
Flay Food, e.g. grass or other green fodder.
Flayrah Unusually good food, e.g. lettuce.
Frith The sun, personified as a god by rabbits. Frithrah! = the lord Sun - used as an exclamation.
Fu Inle' After moonrise
Hlao Any dimple or depression in the grass, such as that formed by a daisy plant or thisle, which can hold moisture. The name of a rabbit.
Hlao-roo Little Hlao. An affectionate diminutive of the name of Hlao, one of the rabbits in the story.
Hlessi A rabbit living above ground, without a regular hole or warren. A wandering rabbit, living in the open. (Plural, hlessil.)
Homba A fox. (Plural, hombil.)
Hrair A great many: an uncountable number; any number over four. U Hrair = The Thousand (enemies).
Hrairoo Little Thousand. The name of Fiver in Lapine.
Hraka Droppings, excrera.
Hrududu A tractor, car or any other motor vehicle. (Plural, hrududil.)
Hyzenthlay Literally, Shine-dew-fur = Fur shining like dew. The name of a doe.
Inle' Literally, the moon; also moonrise. But a second meaning carries the idea of darkness, fear and death.
Lendri A badger.
Marli A doe. Also carries the meaning mother.
M'saion We meet them.
Narn Nice, pleasant (to eat).
Ni-Frith Noon.
Nildro-hain Blackbird's Song. The name of a doe.
Owsla The strongest rabbits in a warren, the ruling clique.
Owslafa The Council police ( a word found only in Efrafa).
Pfeffa A cat.
Rah A prince, leader or chief rabbit. Usually used as a suffix. E.g. Threarah = Lord Threar.
Roo Used as a suffix to denote a diminutive. E.g. Hrairoo.
Sayn Groundsel.
Silf Outside, that is, not underground.
Silflay To go above ground to feed. Literally, to feed outside. Also used as a noun.
Tharn Stupefied, distraught, hypnotized with fear. But can also, in certain contexts, mean looking foolish, or again heartbroken or forlorn.
Thethuythinnang Movements of Leaves. The name of a doe.
Thlay Fur
Thlayli Fur-head. A nickname.
Threar A rowan tree, or mountain ash.
Vair To excrete, pass droppings
Yona A hedgehog. (Plural, yonil.)
Zorn Destroyed, murdered. Denotes a catastrophe.

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