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How did the teddy bear get its name?

 

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Pronunciation: ˈsiːtəʊs
adjective
bearing bristles or setae; bristly

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The origin of Welsh rabbit

 

Now often known as Welsh rarebit, this dish of toasted cheese was originally known as Welsh rabbit... but why? There is…