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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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The cottontails did the rest all right, and the trust gathered in Chattanooga Coal and Iron.
They're a lot of little cottontail rabbits making believe they're big rip-snorting timber wolves.
But the other animals--the squirrels, and quail, and cottontails, were creatures of the Wild who had never yielded allegiance to man.
FLOPSY, Mopsy, and Cottontail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries;
A cottontail rabbit had scuttled across the road, and a tiny dust cloud lingered like smoke, marking the way of his flight.
Cottontails use obvious trails in shrubs and grasses and make dust bath depressions about a foot in diameter.
Some are worth more than others, especially cottontails (where the tail is replaced by a hole, allowing for cotton wool to be stuck out to form a fluffy tail).
The longer wildlife trends are mixed--survey data show that wild turkeys (reintroduced in 1959), deer and cottontails are thriving.
Paleontologists found the tusk of an Ice Age elephant, possibly a Columbian mammoth, bones and teeth of a towering American mastodon, wood and pollen from incense cedar and Mormon tea plants and fossils of birds, shrews, cottontails, gophers and mice.
North American Cottontails: The three kinds of cottontails shown at left live in North America.
In a pinch, I'd have settled for a prairie farmhouse with a creek or a marsh and a weed patch for cottontails.