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Cotton Belt

(sometimes lowercase) the part of the southern U.S. where cotton is grown, originally Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, but now often extended to include parts of Texas and California.
Origin of Cotton Belt
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The average ratio for the seventeen counties in Alabama's cotton-belt is less than three to one.

    From Slave to College President Godfrey Holden Pike
  • A good write-up of the cotton-belt with plenty of photographs is a winner any time.

    Options O. Henry
  • Having certain schemes in mind, he had been struck by the fact that the Smith School was in the midst of the Alabama cotton-belt.

  • When he went to that little lunch with old Mrs. Grey he was not sure that he wanted his sister to leave the cotton-belt just yet.

British Dictionary definitions for cotton-belt

cotton belt

a belt of land in the southeastern US that specializes in the production of cotton
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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