What is cotton?

  • (noun): Fabric woven from cotton fibers.
    Synonyms: cotton cloth
    See also — Additional definitions below


Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural condition, the cotton balls will tend to increase the dispersion of the seeds.

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USS Kinsman (1854) - Ironclad Cotton Sets Itself On Fire While Kinsman Strikes A Mine
... Confederate gunboat Cotton enaged the attackers but was compelled to retire ... Soon thereafter Cotton's crew set their ship afire and destroyed her to prevent capture ...
Cotton Genome
... A public genome sequencing effort of cotton was initiated in 2007 by a consortium of public researchers ... sequence the genome of cultivated, tetraploid cotton ... "Tetraploid" means that cultivated cotton actually has two separate genomes within its nucleus, referred to as the A and D genomes ...
1960 Dallas Texans Season - Regular Season - Schedule
... Kezar Stadium 8,021 3 September 25, 1960 Los Angeles Chargers W 17–0 Cotton Bowl 42,000 4 October 2, 1960 New York Titans L 35–37 Cotton Bowl 37,500 5 October 9, 1960 ...
Cotton Swab
... Cotton swabs (American English) or cotton buds (British English) or ear buds (British, Australian and South-African English) consist of a small wad of ... The cotton swab was invented in the 1920s by Leo Gerstenzang after he attached wads of cotton to toothpicks ... The term "Q-tips" is often used as a genericized trademark for cotton swabs in the USA ...
USS Tioga (1862) - Civil War Operations - Maintaining An Impressive Score Against Blockade Runners
... British schooner, Florence Nightingale, laden with cotton and without papers ... When they noticed a large quantity of cotton floating in the water, Tioga and Octorara hove to and picked up the jettisoned cargo, while Santiago de Cuba kept up the pursuit and overtook ... that English schooner attempted to slip through the Union blockade laden with cotton and rosin ...

More definitions of "cotton":

  • (noun): Thread made of cotton fibers.
  • (noun): Silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state.
    Synonyms: cotton wool
  • (noun): Erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers.
    Synonyms: cotton plant
  • (verb): Take a liking to.
    Example: "Cotton to something"

Famous quotes containing the word cotton:

    The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn’t need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder—in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928)

    It is remarkable with what pure satisfaction the traveler in these woods will reach his camping-ground on the eve of a tempestuous night like this, as if he had got to his inn, and, rolling himself in his blanket, stretch himself on his six-feet-by-two bed of dripping fir twigs, with a thin sheet of cotton for roof, snug as a meadow-mouse in its nest.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    We are constituted a good deal like chickens, which, taken from the hen, and put in a basket of cotton in the chimney-corner, will often peep till they die, nevertheless; but if you put in a book, or anything heavy, which will press down the cotton, and feel like the hen, they go to sleep directly.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)