john cotton


John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather). 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]

Cotton (ˈkɒtən)
Henry. 1907--87, British golfer: three times winner of the British Open

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. coton, ult. (via Prov., It., or O.Sp.) from Arabic qutn, perhaps of Egyptian origin. Philip Miller of the Chelsea Physic Garden sent the first cotton seeds to American colony of Georgia in 1732. Cotton-picking was first recorded in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but the noun meaning "contemptible
person" dates to around 1919, probably with racist overtones that have faded over the years. Cotton gin is recorded from 1794.

"to get on with" someone (usually with to), 1560s, perhaps from Welsh cytuno "consent, agree." But perhaps also a metaphor from cloth finishing and thus from cotton (n.).
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