cotton gum


noun

any of several tupelo trees, especially Nyssa aquatica.

Nearby words

  1. cotton cake,
  2. cotton candy,
  3. cotton flannel,
  4. cotton gin,
  5. cotton grass,
  6. cotton mill,
  7. cotton on,
  8. cotton picker,
  9. cotton press,
  10. cotton sedge

Origin of cotton gum

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; so called from the cottonlike hairs of its seeds

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