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cottontail

[kot-n-teyl]
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noun
  1. any small North American rabbit of the genus Sylvilagus, having a brownish coat and fluffy white tail.
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Origin of cottontail

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; cotton + tail1
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Examples from the Web for cottontail

Historical Examples

  • The cottontail is most active in the evening or early morning.

    Home Range and Movements of the Eastern Cottontail in Kansas

    Donald W. Janes

  • 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.

  • Down on Connecticut earth, however, the mark was that of the cottontail rabbit.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville


British Dictionary definitions for cottontail

cottontail

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