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cocoon

[ kuh-koon ]
/ kəˈkun /
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Definition of cocoon

noun
verb (used without object)
to produce a cocoon.
to spend time at home rather than going out to socialize, especially when enjoying comforting, quiet leisure activities or entertainment: After a certain age you realize you’d rather skip the club and just cocoon with the hubby, watching a movie on the sofa.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of cocoon

First recorded in 1690–1700; from French cocon, from Provençal coucoun “eggshell,” equivalent to coco “shell” (from Latin coccum; see cochineal) + French -on diminutive suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM cocoon

co·coon·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cocoon

cocoon
/ (kəˈkuːn) /

noun
  1. a silky protective envelope secreted by silkworms and certain other insect larvae, in which the pupae develop
  2. a similar covering for the eggs of the spider, earthworm, etc
a protective spray covering used as a seal on machinery
a cosy warm covering
verb
(tr) to wrap in a cocoon

Word Origin for cocoon

C17: from French cocon, from Provençal coucoun eggshell, from coco shell, from Latin coccum kermes berry, from Greek kokkos grain, seed, berry; compare coccus
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Scientific definitions for cocoon

cocoon
[ kə-kōōn ]

A case or covering of silky strands spun by an insect larva and inhabited for protection during its pupal stage.
A similar protective structure, such as the egg cases made by spiders or earthworms.
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