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[kot-n-ee] /ˈkɒt n i/
of or like cotton; soft.
covered with a down or nap resembling cotton.
Origin of cottony
1570-80; cotton + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Male pupa enclosed in a white, elongated, cottony sac, which is about 1/20in.

  • Many are green while some are red or black or covered with a cottony secretion.

  • The stem is solid, equal, and covered with a cottony layer of mycelium-threads like the pileus, though often paler.

  • Besides, the octaves, when all played from the wrist, would sound "cottony."

    Piano Playing Josef Hofmann
  • Its leaves are more elliptic in shape, covered above with silky hairs and below with cottony filaments.

  • They are silky on the wrong side, and when the wind blows through the foliage it turns a soft greyish white, like a cottony mass.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • One striking feature of this tree is the pale, cottony down on its twigs, which sometimes persists three or four years.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • These leaves have a waved margin, a smooth upper surface, and are snowy white and cottony beneath.

  • The involucre is globular in form, covered with cottony hairs, and composed of closely-placed bracts.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux

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