Cotton



[kot-n] /ˈkɒt n/

noun
1.
a soft, white, downy substance consisting of the hairs or fibers attached to the seeds of plants belonging to the genus Gossypium, of the mallow family, used in making fabrics, thread, wadding, etc.
2.
the plant itself, having spreading branches and broad, lobed leaves.
3.
such plants collectively as a cultivated crop.
4.
cloth, thread, a garment, etc., of cotton.
5.
any soft, downy substance resembling cotton, but growing on other plants.
verb (used without object)
6.
Informal. to get on well together; agree.
7.
Obsolete. to prosper or succeed.
Verb phrases
8.
cotton (on) to, Informal.

[kot-n] /ˈkɒt n/
noun
1.
John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather).
/ˈkɒtən/
noun
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 See also sea-island cotton
2.
the soft white downy fibre of these plants: used to manufacture textiles
3.
cotton plants collectively, as a cultivated crop
4.

5.
any substance, such as kapok (silk cotton), resembling cotton but obtained from other plants
/ˈkɒtən/
noun
1.
Sir Henry. 1907–87, English golfer: three times winner of the British Open (1934, 1937, 1948)
n.

late 13c., from Old French coton (12c.), ultimately (via Provençal, Italian, or Old Spanish) from Arabic qutn, a word perhaps of Egyptian origin. Philip Miller of the Chelsea Physic Garden sent the first cotton seeds to American colony of Georgia in 1732. Also ultimately from the Arabic word, Dutch katoen, German Kattun, Provençal coton, Italian cotone, Spanish algodon, Portuguese algodão. Cotton gin is recorded from 1794 (see gin (n.2)).
v.

“to get on with” someone (usually with to), 1560s, perhaps from Welsh cytuno “consent, agree.” But perhaps also a metaphor from cloth finishing and thus from cotton (n.). Related: Cottoned; cottoning.

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