cottontail

[ kot-n-teyl ]
/ ˈkɒt nˌteɪl /

noun

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
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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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