- a plant, Gossypium hirsutum, of warm regions of the New World, that is the chief commercial cotton crop in the U.S.
Origin of upland cotton
An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
Also called American cotton.
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- a tropical American cotton plant, Gossypium hirsutum, widely cultivated for its fibre
- the fibre of this plant, or the fabric woven from it