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cotton wool

noun
1.
cotton in its raw state, as on the boll or gathered but unprocessed.
2.
British, absorbent cotton.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600
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British Dictionary definitions for cotton-wool

cotton wool

noun
1.
(mainly Brit) Also called purified cotton. bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc Usual US term absorbent cotton
2.
cotton in the natural state
3.
(Brit, informal)
  1. a state of pampered comfort and protection
  2. (as modifier): a cotton-wool existence
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