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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: coton, from Arabic qutn

cotton

1 noun
     
cot‧ton1 [uncountable] British English
1TIM cloth or thread made from the white hair of the cotton plant:
a white cotton shirt
Made from 100% cotton.
2HBP a plant with white hairs on its seeds that are used for making cotton cloth and thread
3 British EnglishDLH thread used for sewing:
a needle and cotton
a cotton reel (=small round tube which cotton thread is wound around)
4 American English cotton wool

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