cot·​ton·​seed ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌsēd How to pronounce cottonseed (audio)
: the seed of the cotton plant

Examples of cottonseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seed oils include canola, corn, cottonseed, grapeseed, soybean, sunflower, rice bran and peanut oils. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 Organic and synthetic Organic fertilizers such as blood meal, bone meal, cottonseed meal and fish emulsion are derived from the remains of living organisms. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 In the past, organic gardeners had no choice but to use single material fertilizers such as blood meal, alfalfa meal or cottonseed meal. Maureen Gilmer, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 The ingredients: dry roasted peanuts; sugar; hydrogenated rapeseed, cottonseed, and soybean oils; molasses; mono and diglycerides; and salt. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 7 Oct. 2022 The ingredients: roasted peanuts; sugar; hydrogenated cottonseed, soybean, and rapeseed oils; and salt. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 7 Oct. 2022 Wise chips were made with the usual combination of frying oils (corn, cottonseed, sunflower, soybean, or canola), and its nutrition facts don’t reveal any notable anomalies. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 3 Feb. 2023 Popular plant sources for organic fertilizers include alfalfa, cottonseed meal, and seaweed. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2022 Roundup-resistant Palmer amaranth populations quickly spread through the South, then moved north, hidden at times in cottonseed hulls used for animal feed. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cottonseed was in 1774

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“Cottonseed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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cot·​ton·​seed kät-ᵊn-ˌsēd How to pronounce cottonseed (audio)
: the seed of the cotton plant

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