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cocooning

[kuh-koo-ning] /kəˈku nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of spending leisure time at home, especially watching television or using a VCR.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90, Americanism

cocoon

[kuh-koon] /kəˈkun/
noun
1.
the silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects, as silkworms, serving as a covering while they are in the pupal stage.
2.
any of various similar protective coverings in nature, as the silky case in which certain spiders enclose their eggs.
3.
a protective covering, usually consisting of polyvinyl chloride, sprayed over machinery, large guns on board ships, etc., to provide an airtight seal and prevent rust during long periods of storage.
4.
any encompassingly protective or hermetic wrapping or enclosure resembling a cocoon:
a cocoon of gauze.
verb (used without object)
5.
to produce a cocoon.
verb (used with object)
6.
to wrap or enclose tightly, as if in a cocoon:
The doctor cocooned the patient in blankets.
7.
to provide (machinery, guns, etc.) with a protective, airtight covering by spraying with polyvinyl chloride or the like.
8.
to envelop or surround protectively; insulate:
a political leader cocooned by his staff and his bodyguards.
Origin
1690-1700; < French cocon < Provençal coucoun egg-shell, equivalent to coco shell (< Latin coccum; see cochineal) + French -on diminutive suffix
Related forms
cocoonlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cocooning

cocoon

/kəˈkuːn/
noun
1.
  1. a silky protective envelope secreted by silkworms and certain other insect larvae, in which the pupae develop
  2. a similar covering for the eggs of the spider, earthworm, etc
2.
a protective spray covering used as a seal on machinery
3.
a cosy warm covering
verb
4.
(transitive) to wrap in a cocoon
Word Origin
C17: from French cocon, from Provençal coucoun eggshell, from coco shell, from Latin coccum kermes berry, from Greek kokkos grain, seed, berry; compare coccus
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Word Origin and History for cocooning

cocoon

n.

1690s, from Middle French coucon (16c., Modern French cocon), from coque "clam shell, egg shell, nut shell" (7c.), from Old French coque "shell," from Latin coccum "berry," from Greek kokkos "berry, seed" (see cocco-). The sense of "one's interior comfort place" is from 1986. Also see -oon.

v.

1986, "to stay inside and be inactive," from coccoon (n.).

A lady with an enchanting name, Faith Popcorn, has identified a menacing new American behavior that she gives the sweet name of 'cocooning.' It threatens the nation's pursuit of happiness, sometimes called the economy. [George Will, April 1987]
Related: Cocooned; cocooning.

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cocooning in Science
cocoon
  (kə-kn')   
  1. A case or covering of silky strands spun by an insect larva and inhabited for protection during its pupal stage.

  2. A similar protective structure, such as the egg cases made by spiders or earthworms.


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Slang definitions & phrases for cocooning

cocoon

noun

One's cozy home: Each morning he leaves his domestic cocoon in Rancho Palos Verdes

verb

To stay at home, and, often, to be inactive: The couch potatoes are going to be cocooning in their families' personal oases (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for cocooning

cocoon

a case produced in the larval stage of certain animals (e.g., butterflies, moths, leeches, earthworms, Turbellaria) for the resting pupal stage (see pupa) in the life cycle. Certain spiders spin a fibrous mass, or cocoon, to cover their eggs

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