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Any of several rabbits of the genus Sylvilagus of the Americas, having grayish or brownish fur and a small round tail often with a fluffy white underside.


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


(ˈkɒt nˌteɪl)

any North American rabbit of the genus Sylvilagus.
[1865–70, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cottontail - common small rabbit of North America having greyish or brownish fur and a tail with a white undersidecottontail - common small rabbit of North America having greyish or brownish fur and a tail with a white underside; a host for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)
rabbit, cony, coney - any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
genus Sylvilagus, Sylvilagus - North American rabbits
eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus - widely distributed in United States except northwest and far west regions
canecutter, swamp hare, Sylvilagus aquaticus, swamp rabbit - a wood rabbit of southeastern United States swamps and lowlands
marsh hare, swamp rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris - a wood rabbit of marshy coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida
hare, rabbit - flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food


[ˈkɒtnteɪl] N (US) → conejo m (de cola blanca)
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FLOPSY, Mopsy, and Cottontail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries;
They're a lot of little cottontail rabbits making believe they're big rip-snorting timber wolves.
The cottontails did the rest all right, and the trust gathered in Chattanooga Coal and Iron.
A cottontail rabbit had scuttled across the road, and a tiny dust cloud lingered like smoke, marking the way of his flight.
But the other animals--the squirrels, and quail, and cottontails, were creatures of the Wild who had never yielded allegiance to man.
On April 5, 2015, Grand Canyon West will celebrate the visit of the furry friend with its cottontail and big heart as it hops 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon floor via the glass bridge.
While the non-native, highly adaptable eastern cottontail is thriving, our indigenous New England cottontail that depends on thick, brushy growth has almost vanished.
Leaving the grove and returning to the open country, other wildlife common to the coastal meadow can be seen, such as wild cottontail rabbits and sometimes foxes on their trail.
Its extensive library includes The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Underdog, Little Lulu, The Poky Little Puppy and Pat the Bunny, the popular holiday animated programs such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Here Comes Peter Cottontail and the entire Shari Lewis Enterprises library.
Assabet: woodcock, whitetail deer, turkey, gray squirrel, Eastern cottontail rabbit, ruffed grouse.
Interestingly, cottontail response depended on field size.