cot·​tony | \ ˈkät-nē How to pronounce cottony (audio) , ˈkä-tᵊn-ē \

Definition of cottony

: resembling cotton in appearance or character: such as
a : covered with hairs or pubescence
b : soft

Examples of cottony in a Sentence

The toys are stuffed with a cottony material. The flowers are small and cottony.
Recent Examples on the Web Buy medium eggplant that is not cottony or bruised. The View, ABC News, 14 Jan. 2022 Mealy bugs are distinguished by the white wax covering their body and egg sacs that give them a cottony appearance. oregonlive, 11 Nov. 2019 The white, cottony look is due to a waxy coating that conceals the insects and their egg masses. Tom Maccubbin,, 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of cottony

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Cottony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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