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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 In the past several years, two battered cottonseed silos in Waco, Texas, surrounded by food trucks selling sweet tea and energy balls, have become a pilgrimage site for Christian homemakers from around the country, among others. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 25 July 2021 Many farmers just let their piles of cottonseed rot. Helen Zoe Veit, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Feb. 2012 So, canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil and olive oil (among others like sunflower, safflower, cottonseed and nut/peanut/seed oils) are recommended. Environmental Nutrition,, 28 Aug. 2019 That’s 50 million tons of cottonseed annually, the International Cotton Advisory Committee reports. Rachel Sugar, Vox, 19 Oct. 2018 See More

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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 1 Apr. 2023.

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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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