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[kot-n-ee] /ˈkɒt n i/
of or like cotton; soft.
covered with a down or nap resembling cotton.
Origin of cottony
First recorded in 1570-80; cotton + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many are green while some are red or black or covered with a cottony secretion.

  • The view plate was full of the cottony whiteness of a cloud heart.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Besides, the octaves, when all played from the wrist, would sound "cottony."

    Piano Playing

    Josef Hofmann
  • The eggs of this insect are microscopic, and are enveloped in a cottony substance.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • We must distinguish between two genera in the Shrike's rough classification: the cottony plants and the smooth plants.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • They are silky on the wrong side, and when the wind blows through the foliage it turns a soft greyish white, like a cottony mass.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • One striking feature of this tree is the pale, cottony down on its twigs, which sometimes persists three or four years.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The white poplar is sometimes called the silver-leaved poplar because its dark, glossy leaves are lined with cottony nap.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • A "whitish, cottony sediment" was formed at the bottom, with a thin film of the same kind at the top.

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