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 The state park, in contrast, immerses you in a forest of tall cottonwood trees that are hundreds of years old. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 8 June 2022 Those are the seeds of the cottonwood tree, which are shed every year around this time. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 4 June 2022 In the cottonwood tree, a female eagle has started to sit in her familiar nest. Lilly Price,, 28 Feb. 2022 The hike turnaround point is where clumps of reeds and samplings encroach upon a concrete slab that spans the water and a Salt River Project water monitoring station stands near a massive cottonwood tree. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2021 In Canada, its key species is the balsam poplar, or cottonwood. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 Take a tour of ranch headquarters or stroll through the cottonwood trees shading the wash and try to guess how many movies have been filmed here. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 The canyon’s large sycamore and cottonwood trees create a shaded oasis during the hot summer months. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2022 This slender forest of cottonwood and willow trees creates some of the richest wildlife habitat in the Southwest. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cottonwood

1802, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2022

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“Cottonwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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