cottonwood

noun
cot·​ton·​wood | \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce cottonwood (audio) \

Definition of cottonwood

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

Examples of cottonwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solar power now pumps water into a shrinking pond underneath rustling cottonwood trees. The Arizona Republic, "Damage from border wall: blown-up mountains, toppled cactus," 17 Dec. 2020 Solar power now pumps water into a shrinking pond underneath rustling cottonwood trees. The Arizona Republic, "Damage from border wall: blown-up mountains, toppled cactus," 17 Dec. 2020 Solar power now pumps water into a shrinking pond underneath rustling cottonwood trees. The Arizona Republic, "Damage from border wall: blown-up mountains, toppled cactus," 17 Dec. 2020 Across the alley, the breeze rippling the leaves in a three-story cottonwood sighs like a wave dying on a beach. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Writing from the porch: Kevin Sherrington’s tranquil perch to capture a bizarre year in sports," 29 Dec. 2020 Where aspens are scarce or absent, important winter foods include the buds and catkins of apple, alder, birch, black cottonwood, cherry, ironwood, willow, and cedar. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ruffed Grouse," 24 Dec. 2020 Solar power now pumps water into a shrinking pond underneath rustling cottonwood trees. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, "As mountains give way to border wall, where does wildlife go?," 18 Dec. 2020 Lush stands of willow, cottonwood and sycamore trees, cattails, vines like Martynia annum or devil’s claw, and many other such plants thrived. AZCentral.com, "Native plants become Native art. What happens when they're gone?," 17 Dec. 2020 The whitetails were watering in small pockets of the mostly dry rivers, and bedding in the shade of tall cottonwood trees. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Lessons from Texas Deer Camp to Help You Tag Your Western Whitetail," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cottonwood

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Cottonwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cottonwood. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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cottonwood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cottonwood

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

cottonwood

noun
cot·​ton·​wood | \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce cottonwood (audio) \

Kids Definition of cottonwood

: a poplar tree that has seeds with bunches of hairs resembling cotton

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