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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin mattress of tufted cotton batting or similar material, placed on a floor or on a raised, foldable frame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin mattress of tufted cotton or similar material, placed on a floor or on a raised, foldable frame as a bed.
  • n. A round cushion used for Zen meditation (traditionally made of woven bulrush leaves)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mattress consisting of a pad of cotton batting that is used for sleeping on the floor or on a raised frame

Etymologies

Japanese, bedclothes, bedding : fu, bed quilt (from Middle Chinese phu) + ton, round (from Middle Chinese thuan).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Japanese 布団 (ふとん, futon) (Wiktionary)

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