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  1. (noun, artifact) fabric woven from cotton fibers
  2. (noun, artifact) thread made of cotton fibers
  3. (noun, plant) erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
  4. (noun, substance) soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
  5. (verb, emotion) take a liking to

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Origin of the word Cotton

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. coton, ult. (via Prov., It., or O.Sp.) from Arabic qutn, perhaps of Egyptian origin. Philip Miller of the Chelsea Physic Garden sent the first cotton seeds to American colony of Georgia in 1732. Cotton-picking was first recorded in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but the noun meaning "contemptible person" dates to around 1919, probably with raci… more
  2. "to get on with" someone (usually with to), 1560s, perhaps from Welsh cytuno "consent, agree." But perhaps also a metaphor from cloth finishing and thus from cotton (n.). more

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