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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A malvaceous genus of herbs and shrubs, natives of the tropics, and important as yielding the cotton of commerce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants which yield the cotton of the arts. The species are much confused. G. herbaceum is the name given to the common cotton plant, while the long-stapled sea-island cotton is produced by G. Barbadense, a shrubby variety. There are several other kinds besides these.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Malvoideaecotton and related plants.

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

  • noun herbs and shrubs and small trees: cotton

Etymologies

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From Latin gossypinus, gossympĭnus. Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).

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