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[kot-n-seed] /ˈkɒt nˌsid/
noun, plural cottonseeds (especially collectively) cottonseed.
the seed of the cotton plant, yielding an oil.
1785-95; cotton + seed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cottonseed
  • Common fats include vegetable oils such as soybean, cottonseed, and corn oil.
  • In late winter, side-dress planting with cottonseed meal or chicken manure.
  • cottonseed oil and meal are produced from cottonseed by extracting the seed with a chemical solvent.
  • cottonseed meal and oil are produced from cottonseed by solvent extraction.
  • Glandless cottonseed meal replaces fishmeal in shrimp diet research.
  • The requests would terminate post harvest methyl bromide use in or on alfalfa hay and cottonseed.
  • It is important to note that it has not been determined whether unauthorized cottonseed meal actually entered the feed supply.
  • That's because cottonseed is an important feed source of the nation's dairy herds.
  • The cottonseed meal that is left generally is fed to livestock.
  • Unrefined cottonseed oil is therefore sometimes used as a pesticide.
British Dictionary definitions for cottonseed


noun (pl) -seeds, -seed
the seed of the cotton plant: a source of oil and fodder
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Encyclopedia Article for cottonseed

seed of the cotton plant, important commercially for its oil and other products. Cottonseed oil is used in salad and cooking oils and, after hydrogenation, in shortenings and margarine. The cake, or meal, remaining after the oil is extracted is used in poultry and livestock feeds. Linters, the short cellulose fibres left on the seed after the staple cotton is removed by ginning, are used to make coarse yarns and many cellulose products. The hulls, or outer seed coverings, are used in ruminant animal feed as roughage.

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