Etymology disputed. Of probable Iberian origin, compare Port. láparo 'young rabbit or hare' from an Ibero-Romance root given as *lapp or *lappa, possibly meaning 'flat stone', which may be also at the origin of Pt. lapa 'roche saillante; caverne, grotte' (TLF). For the metonymic connection between rabbits and subterranean spaces, compare Lat. cuniculus 'rabbit; rabbit burrow; subterranean passage or mine', also of probable Iberian origin. The Portuguese lexicographer Antenor Nascentes gives the following etymology: Port. láparo < Lat. lepus, leporis m. ‘hare’ <- Gr. λεβηρίς f. ‘rabbit’.
Robert Farren. Native speaker of English. Conductor of LUNDIC project-internal analysis of Indo-European culture data.
Trésors de la langue francaise informatisées. Centre national de ressources techniques et lexiques. http://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
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