cottons; cottoned; cottoning

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."

Definitions of cotton
  1. noun
    erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
    synonyms: 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
  2. noun
    soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
    synonyms: cotton fiber, cotton wool
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    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
  3. noun
    fabric woven from cotton fibers
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    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
  4. noun
    thread made of cotton fibers
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    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
  5. verb
    take a liking to
    cotton to something”
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    type of:
    find enjoyable or agreeable
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