library in the British Museum, named for antiquarian Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1570-1631). He donated some book to the state and his grandson donated the rest. It was badly damaged in a fire in 1731. The surname represents Old English cotum, plural of cot “cottage.”
- Cotton mather
[math -er, math-] /ˈmæð ər, ˈmæθ-/ noun 1. Cotton, 1663–1728, American clergyman and author. 2. his father, Increase [in-krees] /ˈɪn kris/ (Show IPA), 1639–1723, American clergyman and author.
noun 1. a factory for producing cotton fabrics, thread, etc.
- Cotton on
verb (informal) (intransitive, adverb) often foll by to 1. to perceive the meaning (of) 2. to make use (of)
[kot-n-mouth] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθ/ noun, plural cottonmouths [kot-n-mouths, -mouth z] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθs, -ˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA) 1. a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 feet (1.2 meters). /ˈkɒtənˌmaʊθ/ noun 1. another name for the water moccasin