[kot-n] /ˈkɒt n/
John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather).
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
the soft white downy fibre of these plants: used to manufacture textiles
cotton plants collectively, as a cultivated crop
any substance, such as kapok (silk cotton), resembling cotton but obtained from other plants
Sir Henry. 1907–87, English golfer: three times winner of the British Open (1934, 1937, 1948)
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)).
“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.
in tall cotton, shit in high cotton
- John coulter
[kohl-ter] /ˈkoʊl tər/ noun 1. John Merle [murl] /mɜrl/ (Show IPA), 1851–1928, U.S. botanist. /ˈkəʊltə/ noun 1. a blade or sharp-edged disc attached to a plough so that it cuts through the soil vertically in advance of the ploughshare Also (esp US) colter n. Old English culter, from Latin culter “a knife, iron blade in […]
- John curry
[kur-ee, kuhr-ee] /ˈkɜr i, ˈkʌr i/ noun 1. John (Anthony) 1949–94, British figure skater. 2. John Steuart [stoo-ert,, styoo-] /ˈstu ərt,, ˈstyu-/ (Show IPA), 1897–1946, U.S. painter. /ˈkʌrɪ/ noun (pl) -ries 1. a spicy dish of oriental, esp Indian, origin that is made in many ways but usually consists of meat or fish prepared in […]
- John davenport
[dav-uh n-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/ noun 1. John, 1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven. 2. a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River. /ˈdævənˌpɔːt/ noun 1. (mainly Brit) a tall narrow desk with a slanted writing surface and drawers at the side 2. (US & Canadian) a large sofa, […]
- John dee
[dee] /di/ noun 1. John, 1527–1608, English mathematician and astrologer. 2. a river in NE Scotland, flowing E into the North Sea at Aberdeen. 90 miles (145 km) long. 3. a river in N Wales and W England, flowing E and N into the Irish Sea. About 70 miles (110 km) long. 4. a male […]