- any small North American rabbit of the genus Sylvilagus, having a brownish coat and fluffy white tail.
Origin of cottontail
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The cottontail is most active in the evening or early morning.
Foremost among the needs of the cottontail are food and cover.
Keep this in mind when next you meet a Cottontail, and get a photograph.Wild Animals at Home
Ernest Thompson Seton
By this time they are about the weight and size of a cottontail rabbit.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
Down on Connecticut earth, however, the mark was that of the cottontail rabbit.Wild Folk
- any of several common rabbits of the genus Sylvilagus, such as S. floridanus (eastern cottontail), of American woodlands
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