noun \-ˌwd\

: a type of tree that grows in the U.S. and has seeds that look like they are covered with cotton

Full Definition of COTTONWOOD

:  any of several poplars having seeds with cottony hairs; especially :  one (Populus deltoides) of the eastern and central United States often cultivated for its rapid growth and luxuriant foliage

First Known Use of COTTONWOOD



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides)—Kitty Kahout/Root Resources

Any of several fast-growing North American trees of the genus Populus. Members of the willow family, cottonwoods have heart-shaped, toothed leaves and cottony seeds. The dangling leaves clatter in the wind. The eastern cottonwood (P. deltoides) has thick glossy leaves. P. canadensis is a hybrid of P. deltoides and the Eurasian black poplar (P. nigra). The Alamo, or Fremont, cottonwood (P. fremontii), is the tallest of the group. See also poplar.


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