cottonwood

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noun cot·ton·wood \ˈkä-tən-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of cottonwood

  1. :  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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First Known Use of cottonwood

1802


COTTONWOOD Defined for English Language Learners

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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


COTTONWOOD Defined for Kids

cottonwood

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noun cot·ton·wood \ˈkä-tən-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of cottonwood for Students

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


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