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sea-island cotton

or Sea Island cotton

[see-ahy-luh nd]
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  1. a long-staple cotton, Gossypium barbadense, raised originally in the Sea Islands and now grown chiefly in the West Indies.
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Origin of sea-island cotton

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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British Dictionary definitions for sea-island cotton

sea-island cotton

  1. a cotton plant, Gossypium barbadense, of the Sea Islands, widely cultivated for its fine long fibres
  2. the fibre of this plant or the material woven from it
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