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 Pu’seyite (3 syl.).Puss in Boots [Le Chat Botté], 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A cat, hare, or rabbit. (Irish, pus, a cat.) It is said that the word, applied to a hare or rabbit, is from the Latin lepus, Frenchified into le pus. True or not, the pun may pass muster.   1
“Oh, puss, it bodes thee dire disgrace,
When I defy thee to the race.
Come, ’tis a bet; nay, no denial,
I’ll lay my shell upon the trial.”
The Hare and the Tortoise.

 Pu’seyite (3 syl.).Puss in Boots [Le Chat Botté], 


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