I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English coton, from Anglo-French cotun, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic quṭun, quṭn Date: 14th century 1. a. a soft usually white fibrous substance composed of the hairs surrounding the seeds of various erect freely branching tropical plants (genus Gossypium) of the mallow family b. a plant producing cotton; especially one grown for its cotton c. a crop of cotton 2. a. fabric made of cotton b. yarn spun from cotton 3. a downy cottony substance produced by various plants (as the cottonwood) II. intransitive verb (cottoned; cottoning) Date: 1605 1. to take a liking — used with to <
cottons to people easily
2. to come to understand — used with to or on to <
cottoned on to the fact that our children work furiously — H. M. McLuhan

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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