Cotton is a plant that grows the soft, fluffy fibers that are used to make the fabric also known as cotton. Cotton grows best in very warm climates.

Cotton is a hugely important fiber, since it's used to make all kinds of clothing, bedding, and other things we use regularly. Your t-shirt, jeans, underwear, and socks are probably all made, at least in part, from cotton, and so is your bath towel, pillow case, and the curtains on your windows. If you use cotton as a verb, it's an informal way to say "take a liking to." This meaning has a Welsh root, cytuno, "agree."

Primary Meanings of cotton

erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
take a liking to
Full Definitions of cotton

n erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers

cotton plant
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Gossypium arboreum, tree cotton
East Indian shrub cultivated especially for ornament for its pale yellow to deep purple blossoms
Gossypium barbadense, sea island cotton, tree cotton
small bushy tree grown on islands of the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of the southern United States; yields cotton with unusually long silky fibers
Gossypium herbaceum, Levant cotton
Old World annual having heart-shaped leaves and large seeds with short greyish lint removed with difficulty; considered an ancestor of modern short-staple cottons
Gossypium hirsutum, upland cotton
native tropical American plant now cultivated in the United States yielding short-staple cotton
Gossypium peruvianum, Peruvian cotton
cotton with long rough hairy fibers
Egyptian cotton
fine somewhat brownish long-staple cotton grown in Egypt; believed to be derived from sea island cotton or by hybridization with Peruvian cotton
Arizona wild cotton, Gossypium thurberi, wild cotton
shrub of southern Arizona and Mexico
Type of:
bush, shrub
a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems

n soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state

cotton fiber, cotton wool
absorbent cotton
cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax
long-staple cotton
cotton with relatively long fibers
short-staple cotton
cotton with relatively short fibers
Type of:
plant fiber, plant fibre
fiber derived from plants

n fabric woven from cotton fibers

gauze, gauze bandage
(medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings
petrolatum gauze
gauze saturated with petrolatum
Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

n thread made of cotton fibers

lisle, lisle thread
a strong tightly twisted cotton thread (usually made of long-staple cotton)
Type of:
thread, yarn
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

v take a liking to

cotton to something”
Type of:
find enjoyable or agreeable

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