[ kot-n-teyl ]
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  1. 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

Words Nearby cottontail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cottontail in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for cottontail


/ (ˈkɒtənˌteɪl) /

  1. any of several common rabbits of the genus Sylvilagus, such as S. floridanus (eastern cottontail), of American woodlands

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