cottontail

noun cot·ton·tail \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌtāl \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

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

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First Known Use of cottontail

1835

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COTTONTAIL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cottontail for English Language Learners

  • : a small rabbit with a white tail


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cottontail

noun cot·ton·tail \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌtāl \

Definition of cottontail for Students

: a small rabbit with a white tail


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