seaisland cotton

sea-island cotton

[see-ahy-luhnd]
noun
a long-staple cotton, Gossypium barbadense, raised originally in the Sea Islands and now grown chiefly in the West Indies.
Also, Sea Island cotton.


Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism

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sea-island cotton
 
n
1.  a cotton plant, Gossypium barbadense, of the Sea Islands, widely cultivated for its fine long fibres
2.  the fibre of this plant or the material woven from it

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