from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the fiber short: applied in commerce to the ordinary upland cotton of the United States. See cotton-plant, and compare long-staple.


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  • Spinning and nonwoven equipment includes full scale short-staple spinning line and medium sized dry- laid nonwoven line.

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  • Linen yarns, too, are spun out of both short-staple fibers, called tow, and long-staple fibers, called line.


  • In 1793 Eli Whitney introduced the cotton gin, which, by rendering profitable the cultivation of short-staple cotton in the uplands of the South, had a revolutionizing influence on the South and on the slavery problem.


  • The slow action of the single roller-gin, cleaning about one hundred and fifty pounds of lint per day, made its cultivation too expensive, but the double roller-gin will clean nine hundred pounds in ten hours, or one hundred and twenty pounds an hour of the common upland short-staple cotton.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • The "green-seed" or short-staple variety is far inferior to the black for this purpose, and produces white, sticky, cottony-looking butter; indeed, most dairywomen insist that "you can pick the lint out of it."

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876

  • This room is always in the second story, and at one end of it a circular hole is cut in the floor; through this hole hangs the bag of strong, close gunny-cloth, very different from the coarse covering which suffices for the lower grades of "short-staple," supported by a stout iron hoop larger by some inches than the hole in the floor, and to which the end of the bag is securely sewed.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876

  • If, instead of using our fine Southern cotton at ten cents per pound, we are compelled to go to a distance of ten or twelve thousand miles, paying fifty or sixty cents for the inferior, coarse, short-staple production of India, it is apparent that the whole fabric of our prosperity would be prostrated, and remain so, until industry and commerce should find new and profitable channels for their enterprise.

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  • It engages, moreover, to establish on the long-staple cottons of the United States which after the exchange of the ratifications of the present convention shall be brought directly thence to France by the vessels of the United States or by French vessels the same duties as on short-staple cotton.

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  • Two kinds of the black-seed or long-staple variety thrived in the sea-islands and along the coast from Delaware to Georgia, but only the hardier and more prolific green-seed or short-staple cotton could be raised inland.

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  • The climate was moderately suited to a great variety of crops; but nothing was found for which it had a marked superiority until short-staple cotton was made available.

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