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cottontail

[kot-n-teyl] /ˈkɒt nˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any small North American rabbit of the genus Sylvilagus, having a brownish coat and fluffy white tail.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; cotton + tail1
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cottontail

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