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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Japanese, ultimately (although the first syllable is now written with the kanji for fu, cloth) from early Mandarin phu´ thɔn´, a kind of mat (Modern Mandarin pútuán, cushion made from rushes, hassock made from cattails) : ph, rushes, reeds, aquatic grasses (such as those used for bedding, for example) (from Middle Chinese pɦuə̆) + thɔn´, round, to roll into a ball (from Middle Chinese tɦuan).]

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Japanese 布団 (ふとん, futon)

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