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English definition of “cocoon”

cocoon

noun uk   /kəˈkuːn/ us  

cocoon noun (COVER)

[C] the covering made of soft smooth threads that surrounds and protects particular insects during the pupa stage as they develop into adult formThe skin, hair and bone of non-human animalsThe development and parts of insects

cocoon noun (PROTECTED PLACE)

[C usually singular] a safe quiet place: the warm, safe cocoon of childhoodSafe and enclosed spaces

cocoon

verb [T usually passive] uk   /kəˈkuːn/ us  
to protect someone or something from pain or an unpleasant situation: As a student you're cocooned against/from the real world.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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