Watership Down

by

Richard Adams

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Watership Down Terms

Lapine

The rabbit language. Most terms found in Watership Down are Lapine words. read analysis of Lapine

Bob-stones

A rabbit game played with stones of various sizes, colors, and textures. read analysis of Bob-stones

Elil

Enemies of rabbits, or things which pose a danger to rabbits. read analysis of Elil

Flay

Basic rabbit food such as grass, shoots, and flowers. read analysis of Flay

Flayrah

Rare, delicious food such as carrots, lettuces, and roots. read analysis of Flayrah
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Frith

The rabbits’ name for their sun-god. They see the sun as the literal manifestation of this god. read analysis of Frith

Fu Inlé

Any time after moonrise. read analysis of Fu Inlé

Hlessi

A wandering rabbit who lives in the open. Plural: Hlessil. read analysis of Hlessi

Homba

Hraka

Droppings or excrement. read analysis of Hraka

Hrududu

A tractor or car. read analysis of Hrududu

Inlé

The moon; also a word denoting darkness, fear, or death. read analysis of Inlé

Lendri

Marli

Ni-Frith

Owsla

The ruling clique of a warren usually comprised of its strongest, most fearsome rabbits. The Owsla keep order and enforce rabbit rules and law. read analysis of Owsla

Mark

The Efrafan rabbits are assigned sectors of the warren and schedules for eating and sleeping based on Marks they are branded with by being bitten at birth on different parts of their bodies. read analysis of Mark

Pfeffa

Rah

An honorific suffix used to signify a rabbit’s status as chief or leader. read analysis of Rah

Scrape

A shallow hole dug for temporary shelter. read analysis of Scrape

Silflay

To go above ground to feed. Both a noun and a verb (like “supper”). read analysis of Silflay

Tharn

The rabbit-state of being paralyzed or hypnotized by fear. Brought on by intense nerves or staring directly into the lights of a hrududu. read analysis of Tharn

White Blindness

A disease that affects rabbits’ vision and slowly kills them. read analysis of White Blindness

Yona

A hedgehog. read analysis of Yona