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cottontail

[ kot-n-teyl ]
/ ˈkɒt nˌteɪl /
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noun

any small North American rabbit of the genus Sylvilagus, having a brownish coat and fluffy white tail.

RELATED WORDS

rodent, hare, bunny, buck, cony, capon, doe, cuniculus, chinchilla, lapin, coney, lagomorph

Nearby words

cottonpickin', cottonseed, cottonseed cake, cottonseed meal, cottonseed oil, cottontail, cottonweed, cottonwick, cottonwood, cottony, cottony-cushion scale

Origin of cottontail

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; cotton + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for cottontail

cottontail

/ (ˈkɒtənˌteɪl) /

noun

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