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cocoon

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noun co·coon \kə-ˈkün\

Simple Definition of cocoon

  • : a covering usually made of silk which some insects (such as caterpillars) make around themselves to protect them while they grow

  • : something that covers or protects a person or thing

Full Definition of cocoon

  1. 1 a :  an envelope often largely of silk which an insect larva forms about itself and in which it passes the pupa stage b :  any of various other protective coverings produced by animals

  2. 2 a :  something suggesting a cocoon especially in providing protection or in producing isolation <wrapped in a cocoon of blankets> <an interest in the world beyond the everyday cocoon most of us construct — Peter Mayle> b :  a protective covering placed or sprayed over military or naval equipment in storage

Examples of cocoon

  1. The child was wrapped in a cocoon of blankets.

  2. The movie star was surrounded by a protective cocoon of bodyguards.



Origin of cocoon

French cocon, from Occitan coucoun, from coco shell, probably ultimately from Latin coccum kermes (thought to be a gall or berry), from Greek kokkos berry, kermes


First Known Use: 1679

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cocoon

verb co·coon

Simple Definition of cocoon

  • : to cover or protect (someone or something) completely

  • : to spend time at home instead of going out for other activities

Full Definition of cocoon

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to wrap or envelop in or as if in a cocoon

Examples of cocoon

  1. Americans are spending more time cocooning at home in recent years.

  2. <cocooned in puffy down parkas, we braved the bitter cold as best we could>



1881

First Known Use of cocoon

1881


COCOON Defined for Kids

cocoon

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noun co·coon \kə-ˈkün\

Definition of cocoon

  1. :  the silky covering which a moth caterpillar makes around itself and in which it is protected while changing into a moth





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