Quitman, a S. W. county of Georgia, separated from Alabama by the Chattahoochee and drained by Pataula creek and other streams; area, 190 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 4,150, of whom 2,377 were colored. The surface is undulating and the soil productive. It is traversed by a branch of the Southwestern railroad. The chief productions in 1870 were 79,610 bushels of Indian corn, 4,151 of oats, 15,615 of sweet potatoes, and 3,880 bales of cotton. There were 287 horses, 473 mules and asses, 1,734 cattle, and 2,828 swine. Capital, Georgetown.


Rabat, a town of Morocco, in Fez, on a bay of the W. coast, at the mouth of the Bure-krag or Bu-Regreb, opposite the town of Salé; pop. about 20,000, including many Jews. The custom house and the minaret of the principal mosque are remarkable specimens of Moorish architecture; most of the other Moorish buildings are in decay, and there are many houses built in European style. Rabat was founded in the 13th century, and together with Salé was long notorious as a haunt of pirates. The imports in 1874, chiefly cotton goods, amounted to $58,000, and the exports, chiefly of wool (exclusive of specie), to $27,000.


See Philadelphia (Palestine).

Rabbi (Heb. My Master Lord, Or Teacher)

Rabbi (Heb. My Master Lord, Or Teacher), a title of honor bestowed on the doctors of the Jewish law since the 1st century B. C. The Hebrew or Aramaic words rab, rabba, rabban (master), rabboni (my master), and rabbenu (our master), have also been employed in the same sense. The title rabbi or rabbin is frequently applied to the Talmudic writers, the Jewish theological writers of post-Talmudic times (see Hebrews), whose dialect is therefore called rabbinical, and the religious heads of Jewish congregations. The Jews of eastern Europe and others attach Rab, both in conversation and writing, to the name of every married Jew of good reputation.


See Hydrophobia.


Rabun, the N. E. county of Georgia, bor-dering N. on North Carolina and E. on South Carolina, from which it is separated by the Chattooga river; area, about 320 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 3,256, of whom 119 were colored. The surface is mountainous; the Blue Ridge forms the W. boundary and then curves through the N. portion of the county. The chief productions in 1870 were 4,080 bushels of rye, 71,376 of Indian corn, 2,704 of Irish potatoes, 3,915 of sweet potatoes, 4,208 lbs. of tobacco, 5,541 of wool, and 19,868 of butter. There were 481 horses, 470 mules and asses, 1,170 milch cows, 453 working oxen, 1,855 other cattle, 4,086 sheep, and 6,672 swine. Capital, Clayton.

Racoonda, Or Conia Coypu

Racoonda, Or Conia Coypu, a large rodent of South America, resembling a small beaver in general appearance, but having the long and rounded tail of the muskrat or water vole. The length of a full-grown animal is about 3f feet, of which the tail is 15 inches; the long fur is variegated with light red and brown, and is extensively used by hatters under the name of nutria. It is the myopotamus coypus (Cuv.). It is an excellent swimmer, but awkward upon land; qaick and lively in its motion, amusing in its habits, and of gentle disposition. It lives in holes of the banks of the rivers, and on the shores of the sea.

Coypu (Myopotamus coypus).

Coypu (Myopotamus coypus).