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[kot-n-teyl] /ˈkɒt nˌteɪl/
any small North American rabbit of the genus Sylvilagus, having a brownish coat and fluffy white tail.
Origin of cottontail
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; cotton + tail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Now it is a sunbath we want rather than a cold dip,—to bask in the warmth like any cottontail.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The cottontail is most active in the evening or early morning.

  • Keep this in mind when next you meet a cottontail, and get a photograph.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Down on Connecticut earth, however, the mark was that of the cottontail rabbit.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • Here I came upon some cottontail rabbits, the first and only ones I ever saw in that part of the country.

  • (cottontail had married a black rabbit, and gone to live on the hill).

    The Tale of Mr. Tod Beatrix Potter
  • But all he found was a cottontail rabbit that confounded the fleet Pal by ducking into a burrow three inches in front of his nose.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The jackrabbit was a pest, but the cottontail was worth getting.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • This was the track of a cottontail Rabbit and I followed its windings with thrills of interest.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • The cottontail is found all over the United States, but shows some variation in the different regions.

British Dictionary definitions for cottontail


any of several common rabbits of the genus Sylvilagus, such as S. floridanus (eastern cottontail), of American woodlands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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