of or like cotton; soft.
covered with a down or nap resembling cotton.

1570–80; cotton + -y1 Unabridged
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cotton (ˈkɒtən)
1.  See also sea-island cotton any of various herbaceous plants and shrubs of the malvaceous genus Gossypium, such as sea-island cotton, cultivated in warm climates for the fibre surrounding the seeds and the oil within the seeds
2.  the soft white downy fibre of these plants: used to manufacture textiles
3.  cotton plants collectively, as a cultivated crop
4.  a.  a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres
 b.  (as modifier): a cotton dress
5.  any substance, such as kapok (silk cotton), resembling cotton but obtained from other plants
[C14: from Old French coton, from Arabic dialect qutun, from Arabic qutn]

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Example sentences
When mature, males crawl into bark crevices and transform in white cottony wax cocoons.
Anglers usually notice fish with large red open sores, or skin covered with a white cottony substance which is a fungus.
In winter, they begin to release the individual seeds in cottony clusters that become windborne.
Leaves are pinnately lobed, hairy and prickly on the upper side, and cottony underneath.
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