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cotton

noun [U] uk   /ˈkɒt.ən/ us    /ˈkɑː.t̬ən/
the threads that grow around the seeds of a tall plant grown especially in the US, China, and South Asia: a bale of cotton B1 thread or cloth made from the fibres of the cotton plant: a shirt made of pure cotton She looked pretty in a simple cotton dress.UK a reel of cotton (= thread) US or Indian English for cotton wool
cottony
adjective uk   /-i/ us  
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