- cotton in its raw state, as on the boll or gathered but unprocessed.
- British. absorbent cotton.
Origin of cotton wool
Examples from the Web for cotton wool
Historical Examples of cotton wool
That,” she said more or less after Sterne, “is a cotton-wool story.The Children
Round about the shrapnel burst in little puffs like cotton-wool.One Man's Initiation--1917
John Dos Passos
I tried to intercept it by a large respirator of cotton-wool.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
This man, Buchanan, that is over us at present, he is no better than a bit of cotton-wool.Daisy
I know—the oil from that old reading-lamp and this cotton-wool.
- 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
- a state of pampered comfort and protection
- (as modifier)a cotton-wool existence