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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 of cottontail
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; cotton + tail1
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  • Now it is a sunbath we want rather than a cold dip,—to bask in the warmth like any cottontail.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The cottontail is most active in the evening or early morning.

  • Keep this in mind when next you meet a cottontail, and get a photograph.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Down on Connecticut earth, however, the mark was that of the cottontail rabbit.

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

  • (cottontail had married a black rabbit, and gone to live on the hill).

    The Tale of Mr. Tod Beatrix Potter
  • But all he found was a cottontail rabbit that confounded the fleet Pal by ducking into a burrow three inches in front of his nose.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The jackrabbit was a pest, but the cottontail was worth getting.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • This was the track of a cottontail Rabbit and I followed its windings with thrills of interest.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • The cottontail is found all over the United States, but shows some variation in the different regions.

British Dictionary definitions for cottontail

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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