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
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There are exceptions, of course: The eastern pine has moved more than 80 miles west, while the eastern cottonwood has shifted 77 miles north, but the overall trends are clear.
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Definition of cottonwood for English Language Learners
: a type of tree that grows in the U.S. and has seeds that look like they are covered with cotton
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Definition of cottonwood for Students
: a poplar tree that has seeds with bunches of hairs resembling cotton
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