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Definition of cotton noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a plant grown in warm countries for the soft white hairs around its seeds that are used to make cloth and thread cotton fields/plants bales of cotton
  2. 2the cloth made from the cotton plant The sheets are 100% pure cotton. a cotton shirt/skirt printed cotton cloth the cotton industry a cotton mill
  3. 3a soft mass of white material that is used for cleaning the skin or a wound Use a cotton ball to apply the lotion.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cotton