Found 2 items, similar to cotton wool.
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Definition: cotton wool
n : silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state [syn: cotton
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Definition: Cotton wool
(k[o^]t"t'n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the
cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr.
Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. Acton
1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting
of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds
of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber
sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two
thirds of an inch to an inch and a half.
2. The cotton plant. See Cotten plant
3. Cloth made of cotton.
Note: Cotton is used as an adjective before many nouns in a
sense which commonly needs no explanation; as, cotton
bagging; cotton cloth; cotton goods; cotton industry;
cotton mill; cotton spinning; cotton tick.
. See Cambric
, n., 2.
, the manufactures' name for a heavy cotton
fabric, twilled, and with a long plush nap. In England it
is called swan's-down cotton
, or Canton flannel
, a machine to separate the seeds from cotton,
invented by Eli Whitney.
(Bot.), a genus of plants (Eriphorum
) of the
Sedge family, having delicate capillary bristles
surrounding the fruit (seedlike achenia), which elongate
at maturity and resemble tufts of cotton.
(Zool.), a field mouse (Hesperomys gossypinus
), injurious to cotton crops.
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Gossypium
several species, all growing in warm climates, and bearing
the cotton of commerce. The common species, originally
Asiatic, is Gossypium herbaceum
, a building and machinery in which cotton
bales are compressed into smaller bulk for shipment; a
press for baling cotton.
(Bot.), a genus of composite herbs (Filago
covered with a white substance resembling cotton.
(Zo["o]l.), a species of bark louse
), which does great damage to
the cotton plant.
. Same as Cotton plant.
(Zo["o]l.), a species of hemipterous insect
), which seriously damages growing
cotton by staining it; -- called also redbug
(Bot.), the Scotch thistle. See under
, velvet in which the warp and woof are both
of cotton, and the pile is of silk; also, velvet made
wholly of cotton.
, the refuse of cotton mills.
, cotton in its raw or woolly state.
(Zool.), a lepidopterous insect (Aletia argillacea
), which in the larval state does great damage
to the cotton plant by eating the leaves. It also feeds on
corn, etc., and hence is often called corn worm
Southern army worm