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English definition of “cotton”

cotton

noun [U]     /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 cottonTextiles made from natural fibres 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)Textiles made from natural fibres US or Indian English for cotton woolToiletry and perfumesMedical dressings, supports and devices cottony     /-i/ adjective Words used to describe textiles
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