cotton wool

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noun

cotton in its raw state, as on the boll or gathered but unprocessed.
British. absorbent cotton.

Origin of cotton wool

First recorded in 1590–1600
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cotton wool

noun

Also called: purified cotton mainly British bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etcUsual US term: absorbent cotton
cotton in the natural state
British informal
  1. a state of pampered comfort and protection
  2. (as modifier)a cotton-wool existence
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