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cotton

  

      n  
1    any of various herbaceous plants and shrubs of the malvaceous genus Gossypium, such as sea-island cotton, cultivated in warm climates for the fibre surrounding the seeds and the oil within the seeds  
2    the soft white downy fibre of these plants: used to manufacture textiles  
3    cotton plants collectively, as a cultivated crop  
4   
a    a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres  
b    (as modifier)  
a cotton dress     
5    any substance, such as kapok (silk cotton), resembling cotton but obtained from other plants,   (See also)        cotton on       cotton to  
     (C14: from Old French coton, from Arabic dialect qutun, from Arabic qutn)  
  cottony      adj  


absorbent cotton  
      n      a U.S. term for       cotton wool       1  
bog cotton  
      n      another name for       cotton grass  
Cotton  
      n   Henry. 1907--87, British golfer: three times winner of the British Open  
cotton belt  
      n   a belt of land in the southeastern U.S. that specializes in the production of cotton  
cotton bush  
      n     (Austral)   any of various downy chenopodiaceous shrubs, esp. Kochia aphylla, which is used to feed livestock  
cotton cake  
      n   cottonseed meal compressed into nuts or cubes of various sizes for feeding to animals  
cotton candy  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       candyfloss  
cotton flannel  
      n   a plain-weave or twill-weave fabric with nap on one side only,   (Also called)    Canton flannel  
cotton grass  
      n   any of various N temperate and arctic grasslike bog plants of the cyperaceous genus Eriophorum, whose clusters of long silky hairs resemble cotton tufts,   (Also called)    bog cotton  
cotton on  
      vb   intr, adv; often foll by: to  
Informal  
1    to perceive the meaning (of)  
2    to make use (of)  
cotton picker  
      n  
1    a machine for harvesting cotton fibre  
2    a person who picks ripe cotton fibre from the plants  
cotton-picking  
      adj     (U.S. and Canadian)  
slang   (intensifier qualifying something undesirable)  
you cotton-picking layabout!     
cotton sedge  
      n     (Canadian)      another name for       cotton grass  
cotton stainer  
      n   any of various heteropterous insects of the genus Dysdercus: serious pests of cotton, piercing and staining the cotton bolls: family Pyrrhocoridae  
cotton to  
      vb   intr, prep     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal  
1    to become friendly with  
2    to approve of  
cotton waste  
      n   refuse cotton yarn, esp. when used as a cleaning material  
cotton wool  
      n  
1      (Also called)    purified cotton     (Chiefly Brit)   bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc.,   (Usual U.S. term)    absorbent cotton  
2    cotton in the natural state  
3      (Brit)  
informal  
a    a state of pampered comfort and protection  
b    (as modifier)  
a cotton-wool existence     
sea-island cotton  
      n  
1    a cotton plant, Gossypium barbadense, of the Sea Islands, widely cultivated for its fine long fibres  
2    the fibre of this plant or the material woven from it  
silk cotton  
      n      another name for       kapok  
silk-cotton tree  
      n   any of several tropical bombacaceous trees of the genus Ceiba, esp. Ceiba pentandra, having seeds covered with silky hairs from which kapok is obtained,   (Also called)    kapok tree  
upland cotton  
      n  
1    a tropical American cotton plant, Gossypium hirsutum, widely cultivated for its fibre  
2    the fibre of this plant, or the fabric woven from it  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing or tents
also known as "cotton duck" or "duck canvas"
n.
blend of "brother" and "romance" used to describe a strong friendship between two males.
n.
blend of "slacker" and "activism". Act of participating to pointless activities as a type of activism.
Signing on-line petitions or wearing bracelets against war are forms of slacktivism

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