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[kot-n-woo d] /ˈkɒt nˌwʊd/
any of several American poplars, as Populus deltoides, having toothed, triangular leaves and cottonlike tufts on the seeds.
Origin of cottonwood
1795-1805, Americanism; cotton + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I believe a windbreak is essential, and would make it of Osage orange, maple, or cottonwood.

    The Apple Various
  • Then it was that the cottonwood skiffs betrayed their weaknesses.

    Lewis and Clark William R. Lighton
  • When it is in a cottonwood grove, it is covered with the sticky white cotton from the trees.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • A cottonwood tree, nearly two feet in diameter, was sawed into wheels.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • She was looking for a spring bed on one of the low limbs of the cottonwood tree.

  • Willows grew in patches on the banks, and here and there a cottonwood.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • Poplar and cottonwood make the best baits, but in case they cannot be obtained, use birch, willow or black cherry.

    Science of Trapping Elmer Harry Kreps
  • It is sold for various purposes, and much of it goes as cottonwood.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Later, a lone rider cut his trail, and from the shelter of a cottonwood thicket, Purdy watched him pass.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for cottonwood


any of several North American poplars, esp Populus deltoides, whose seeds are covered with cottony hairs
Also called tauhinu. a native New Zealand shrub, Cassinia leptophylla, with daisy-like flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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