[kot-n-woo d]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cottonwood

Contemporary Examples of cottonwood

Historical Examples of cottonwood

  • Why not put it just at the foot of the ridge, at Cottonwood Spring?

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • Thirty years will do for a cottonwood what two centuries will do for an oak.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • One of his hands was caught in a bear trap fastened to a cottonwood.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Then it was that the cottonwood skiffs betrayed their weaknesses.

    Lewis and Clark

    William R. Lighton

  • You stay here,' he says; 'you set there under the cottonwood.'

British Dictionary definitions for cottonwood



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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