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upland cotton

noun
1.
a plant, Gossypium hirsutum, of warm regions of the New World, that is the chief commercial cotton crop in the U.S.
Also called American cotton.
Origin of upland cotton
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20
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Examples from the Web for upland cotton
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  • The short fiber or upland cotton is the most common and useful variety.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • It yields about half as much as the "short staple" called Mexican and Petit gulf cotton, and known in commerce as upland cotton.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • The upland cotton grown upon it, is inferior in quantity and quality to that of Mississippi growth.

    The Americans as They Are Charles Sealsfield
  • upland cotton produces best on a deep loam that is capable of furnishing a uniform supply of about ten or twelve per cent.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • Here and there around the floor were baskets and papers containing samples of sea-island and upland cotton.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
  • Great difficulty was experienced in separating the seed from the lint of upland cotton.

British Dictionary definitions for upland cotton

upland cotton

noun
1.
a tropical American cotton plant, Gossypium hirsutum, widely cultivated for its fibre
2.
the fibre of this plant, or the fabric woven from it
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