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[kot-n-woo d] /ˈkɒt nˌwʊd/
any of several American poplars, as Populus deltoides, having toothed, triangular leaves and cottonlike tufts on the seeds.
Origin of cottonwood
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805; cotton + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why not put it just at the foot of the ridge, at cottonwood Spring?

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Thirty years will do for a cottonwood what two centuries will do for an oak.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • One of his hands was caught in a bear trap fastened to a cottonwood.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • Then it was that the cottonwood skiffs betrayed their weaknesses.

    Lewis and Clark William R. Lighton
  • You stay here,' he says; 'you set there under the cottonwood.'

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • It grows in mixture with ash, cottonwood and oak (see Fig. 12).

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The island is gone, the cottonwood is gone, the eagle and his mate are gone.

  • Then he swore at the alarmist: "You blamed monkey," he pointed to the cottonwood.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Margaret crossed the wash to the cottonwood under which her escort was lying.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for cottonwood


any of several North American poplars, esp Populus deltoides, whose seeds are covered with cottony hairs
Also called tauhinu. a native New Zealand shrub, Cassinia leptophylla, with daisy-like flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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