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sea-island cotton

or Sea Island cotton

[see-ahy-luh nd] /ˈsiˌaɪ lənd/
a long-staple cotton, Gossypium barbadense, raised originally in the Sea Islands and now grown chiefly in the West Indies.
Origin of sea-island cotton
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The seeds of the sea-island cotton are small, smooth, and black.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The sea-island cotton, called also "long staple" on account of its very long silky fibres, is the finest cotton known.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • All the sea islands produce the long staple cotton known as sea-island cotton, and before the war a very valuable variety.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • There are extensive areas of pine lands in the vicinity, and large quantities of sea-island cotton are produced in the county.

  • These coast islands raise the famous "sea-island cotton," and the whole lowland region produces prolific crops of rice.

  • This, of course, will not affect the culture of sea-island cotton, which is grown in only a limited area.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • sea-island cotton of very high grade is grown in Alachua county.

  • The long stapled Egyptian is utilised for the very finest yarns, and its only rival is or was sea-island cotton.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
British Dictionary definitions for sea-island cotton

sea-island cotton

a cotton plant, Gossypium barbadense, of the Sea Islands, widely cultivated for its fine long fibres
the fibre of this plant or the material woven from it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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