Definition of cocoon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈkuːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈkuːn//
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  1. 1a covering of silk threads that some insects make to protect themselves before they become adults
  2. 2a soft covering that wraps all around a person or thing and forms a protection (figurative) the cocoon of a caring family
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French cocon, from medieval Provençal coucoun ‘eggshell, cocoon’, diminutive of coca ‘shell’. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.
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