from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light, very sweet candy of threaded sugar, often tinted with food coloring and twirled onto a stick.

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  • noun US Melted sugar spun into thin threads and collected into a mass, usually on a stick.

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  • noun a candy made by spinning sugar that has been boiled to a high temperature


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From cotton + candy.


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