cotton stainer
noun Date: 1856 any of several bugs (genus Dysdercus) that damage and stain the lint of developing cotton; especially a red and brown bug (D. suturellus) that attacks cotton in the southern United States

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  • Cotton stainer — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cotton stainer — ☆ cotton stainer n. any of a genus (Dysdercus) of small red hemipteran insects that puncture cotton bolls and stain the fibers …   English World dictionary

  • cotton stainer — any of several large red and black bugs of the genus Dysdercus that puncture oranges and cotton bolls and discolor cotton fibers: a serious pest in America and India. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • cotton stainer — cot′ton stain er n. ent any of several large red and black bugs of the genus Dysdercus that puncture oranges and cotton bolls and discolor cotton fiber • Etymology: 1855–60, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • cotton stainer — noun a true bug: bug that damages and stains the lint of developing cotton • Hypernyms: ↑heteropterous insect • Member Holonyms: ↑Dysdercus, ↑genus Dysdercus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cotton — Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton cambric — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton flannel — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton gin — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton grass — Cotton Cot ton (k[o^]t t n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr. Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.] 1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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