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Topic: INSECTS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: cocon, from Provençal, from coco 'shell'

cocoon

1 noun
     
co‧coon1 [countable]
1HBI a silk cover that young moths and other insects make to protect themselves while they are growing
2 something that wraps around you completely, especially to protect you
cocoon of
The baby peered out of its cocoon of blankets.
3 a place or situation in which you feel comfortable and safe, and are protected from anything unpleasant
cocoon of
She was surrounded by the cocoon of a loving family.
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