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cocoon

[ kuh-koon ]
/ kəˈkun /

noun

verb (used without object)

to produce a cocoon.

verb (used with object)

RELATED WORDS

swaddle, swathe, envelop, insulate, pad, cushion, wrap, truss, encase

Nearby words

coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut palm, coconut shy, coconut water, cocoon, cocooned, cocooning, cocopan, cocos islands, cocos plate

Origin of cocoon

1690–1700; < French cocon < Provençal coucoun egg-shell, equivalent to coco shell (< Latin coccum; see cochineal) + French -on diminutive suffix
Related formsco·coon·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cocooned

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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Science definitions for cocooned

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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