cottonwood

[ kot-n-woo d ]
/ ˈkɒt nˌwʊd /
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noun

any of several American poplars, as Populus deltoides, having toothed, triangular leaves and cottonlike tufts on the seeds.

Origin of cottonwood

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; cotton + wood1
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cottonwood

/ (ˈkɒtənˌwʊd) /

noun

any of several North American poplars, esp Populus deltoides, whose seeds are covered with cottony hairs
Also called: tauhinu a native New Zealand shrub, Cassinia leptophylla, with daisy-like flowers
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