cot·ton·wood | \ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌwu̇d \

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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Placerita Canyon State Park, between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave Desert, is filled with sandstone formations, riparian oak woodlands, and stand of cottonwood and sycamore trees. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Little known wonders," 9 May 2018 The studio element floats on piers above a landscape of scrub oak, cactus, juniper, cottonwoods and a wash that flows in winter and the summer monsoon. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Several paths lead to the water, guarded by cottonwood, Arizona sycamore and bigtooth maple. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 The first logs cut were from the cottonwoods that grew in abundance along the Boise River, but fir and pine logs, floated down the river from the mountains, were straighter and easier to work with. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "When fires hit the area in late 19th century, brick’s foundation took hold in Boise," 16 June 2018 Sugar maples may be the stars of the show in the East, but in Arizona and beyond, aspens take center stage, supported by cottonwoods, canyon maple and ash. Catharine Hamm,, "A leaf-peeping trip to Arizona? Color yourself smart. The Grand Canyon state can be grand for fall hues," 2 July 2018 The source of this faux snow is the eastern cottonwood, a tree native to the Midwest, Northeast, and Deep South of the United States. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Faux snow? Fluffy cottonwood seeds strike Michigan, clogging air filters," 11 June 2018 The river side is forested with cottonwoods, black walnut, willow, valley oak and sycamore trees. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "Where to go for fun and food along Sacramento's Garden Highway," 18 May 2018 On hot summer days, carefree children frolic — just as their parents once did — in the spring water that flows through town under giant cottonwoods. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Rash of earthquakes prompts fear of oil boom in Balmorhea," 15 June 2018

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1802, in the meaning defined above

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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


cot·ton·wood | \ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of cottonwood

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

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