cottontail

noun
cot·​ton·​tail | \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌtāl How to pronounce cottontail (audio) \

Definition of cottontail

: any of several rather small North American rabbits (genus Sylvilagus) sandy to grayish brown in color with a white-tufted underside of the tail

Examples of cottontail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rabbit breed display is collecting the cottontail crowd in the Poultry Barn from 9 a.m. to noon. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Thursday, Aug. 29: Seniors Day," 29 Aug. 2019 Advertising The cottontail was introduced to Washington about a century ago to be hunted for food and sport. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Notice a bunny boom? Here are some reasons for the Seattle area’s recent rise in rabbits," 19 July 2019 They were released into the wild and have devastated native populations of bobcats, opossums, raccoons and foxes and have nearly wiped out cottontail rabbits. Washington Post, "Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons," 7 Aug. 2019 For the cottontail, the small, light-brown bunny with white on the underside of its tail, the increasingly urban environment makes for a pretty nice life. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Notice a bunny boom? Here are some reasons for the Seattle area’s recent rise in rabbits," 19 July 2019 Eastern cottontail rabbits began decimating the roses about a year and a half ago, gnawing the skin off the canes, nibbling the petals, and generally wreaking havoc with the delicate flowers. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The roses and the rabbits can’t live together’," 24 June 2019 The species, too, include the abundant (gray squirrel and cottontail rabbit) to the seldom seen (fisher and gray fox). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 For wildlife sightings just outside the museum, look out for grey foxes, desert cottontails, and relict leopard frogs. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 Our chemical-free pest control includes everything from a nearby doghouse to aluminum pie-tins tied to stakes to rattle in the wind as a means to frighten away cottontail offenders. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Carrots are a colorful ingredient addition for any season," 30 Mar. 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Cottontail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cottontail. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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cottontail

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English Language Learners Definition of cottontail

: a small rabbit with a white tail

cottontail

noun
cot·​ton·​tail | \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌtāl How to pronounce cottontail (audio) \

Kids Definition of cottontail

: a small rabbit with a white tail

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